The health department here has decided to observe an anti-tobacco week starting from Tuesday in the district to mark the Anti-Tobacco Day in Punjab, said informed civil surgeon Harinder Kaur.
The department will hold awareness seminars in rural and urban areas of the district and offenders will be challaned. Kaur appealed to non-government organisations, religious institutes and different government departments to spread awareness on ill effects of tobacco consumption.
“According to a notification issued by the government, the shopkeepers, who sell eatables, cannot sell tobacco. We will keep a check on them,” said Kaur. Meanwhile, she released a ‘Punjab State No Tobacco Day’ poster.
Anti-tobacco rally flagged off
PATIALA: The local health department organised a rally at Government Model Senior Secondary School, Pheelkhana, to make people aware of harmful effects tobacco. The rally was organised in association with the Umang Welfare Foundation to mark No Tobacco Day. The rally was flagged off by civil surgeon, Patiala, Dr Subodh Gupta. Students of the school marched in the city carrying boards and banners.
The civil surgeon said that in spite of pictorial warning on packs, the consumption of these products has been increasing day by day. He added that cigarette smoke emits almost 4,000 harmful chemicals. Dr Gupta, telling people and students about the various provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, appealed to them to tell consumers about ill effects of tobacco products.