Punjab government on Saturday issued instructions to all deputy commissioners to cancel the license of all hotels, restaurants and commercial institutions that are violating Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA-2003).
According to a communiqué issued by Punjab chief secretary Sarvesh Kaushal to all deputy commissioners and heads of departments, that smoking including that of passive was dangerous to health and government has already declared 18 districts as smoke free and was in process of making total Punjab Smoke Free within next 3 months.
He said that it was matter of great regret that 12% population of Punjab still consumes tobacco in one or other form. He said that every Deputy Commissioners was duty bound to enforce all previsions of COTPA and submit a monthly report to the chief secretary.
Emphasising on strict implementation of COTPA the Chief Secretary said that all enforcement and counselling departments especially Police, Education, Local Government, Transport and Excise and Taxation have to act in unison to enforce COTPA and DCs would ensure synergy in their cooperation for enforcing the act in its true spirits.