‘Observe last day of every month as no tobacco day’

  • HT Correspondent, None, Jaipur
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2015 16:51 IST

No Tobacco Day or Tobacco Dry Day will be observed in Rajasthan on the last day of every month, National Health Mission additional director Neeraj K Pawan has said.

Pawan said all tobacco vendors would be appealed to keep their shops closed for one day, on last day of the month and similarly, tobacco consumers will be appealed not to consume tobacco for a day like keeping fast.

Pawan has written to all the district collectors and chief medical and health officers in the state to encourage vendors to not sell tobacco products on the last day of every month.

He has also asked the officials to get a resolution letter filled by the vendors that they would extend their cooperation in this effort.

The advocate general is being consulted for legal opinion on imposing a total ban on chewable tobacco in all forms. Action would be taken accordingly upon receiving the opinion,” Pawan said.

The official said they would create a “directory of champions” that will have names of people involved in anti-tobacco awareness.

The state tobacco control cell in association with the Union health ministry had recently organised a two-day regional workshop on tobacco control.

Union health ministry joint secretary KC Samria had praised the Rajasthan government’s tobacco control efforts and had given an assurance that the Centre would extend all possible help to the state in this regard.

State tobacco control nodal officer Dr Sunil Singh said the department was planning to impose ban on e-cigarette.

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