With the aim of achieving top position in the state for the implementation of the tobacco control programme, the district administration has decided to launch the anti-tobacco campaign strictly from Thursday.
As per the information given by the administration, right now the district stands on the third position in the implementation of the programme. Patiala was declared smoke-free on January 26, 2013.
The district administration has also announced zero tolerance of the sale of tobacco and tobacco products near schools and other educational institutions.
Last month, as many as 171 offenders were challaned, 256 places were visited to check signposts related to the anti-tobacco drive.
The administration has also collected Rs 18,930 as fine under the drive.
Deputy commissioner Varun Roojam also held a meeting under the district health mission here on Wednesday at the district administrative complex. He revealed that the anti tobacco-campaign has been divided in different phases.
In the first phase, he said, kiosks near schools and colleges would be checked if tobacco is being sold there in any form. He said that strict action would be taken against those who are found selling tobacco products within the 100-meter radius of educational institutions.
In second phase, the nodal officer of the campaign, with volunteers of NGOs and police, would check the shops near religious places.
"If found selling tobacco beyond the framework of rules, these shop owners would be challaned under Section 4 of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA)," he said.
Additional deputy commissioner (general) Mohinder Pal, Additional deputy commissioner (development) Rajesh Tripathi, civil surgeon HS Bali, sub-divisional magistrate Gurpal Singh Chahal and various officials were also present.