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J&K becomes first state to declare poll booths as 'no smoking zones'

Jammu and Kashmir becomes the first state in the country to declare all election booths as 'no smoking zones' with chief electoral officer (CEO) Umang Narula on Tuesday directing all returning officers (ROs) and district election officers (DEOs) to ensure that all booths are 'smoke free'.

india Updated: Mar 25, 2014 17:51 IST
HT Correspondent

Jammu and Kashmir becomes the first state in the country to declare all election booths as 'no smoking zones' with chief electoral officer (CEO) Umang Narula on Tuesday directing all returning officers (ROs) and district election officers (DEOs) to ensure that all booths are 'smoke free'.


The directions were issued following a representation made by AM Mir, executive director, J&K Voluntary Health Association, requesting the CEO to declare all booths as no smoking zones in compliance with Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003, which prohibits smoking at the public places.

With the CEO invoking the Act, it becomes mandatory for all election booths to display the warning "No Smoking Area- Smoking here is an offence".

The decision taken by the CEO has been widely appreciated by the public in general and Jammu and Kashmir Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA) in particular, who termed it as a landmark decision, which would go a long way to ensure better health for the non-smoker voters.