Tobacco ban to be enforced in schools
The state government on Friday issued instructions to district education officers to launch an extensive drive to enforce a ban on the use of tobacco products in all government and private schools. HT reports.lucknow Updated: Aug 25, 2012 12:39 IST
The state government on Friday issued instructions to district education officers to launch an extensive drive to enforce a ban on the use of tobacco products in all government and private schools.
In a communication to the district inspector of schools, Parthsarthi Sen Sharma, the secretary of secondary education, said there should be a complete ban on the use of tobacco, cigarettes and pan masala/gutkha on the campus. Expressing concern over increasing cases of cancer and other ailments because of rampant use of tobacco, Sharma said there was no decline in sale of such products in the state. Thus, the students should be apprised of evil effect of tobacco products on their health.
Sharma has directed the officers to ensure display of “tobacco-free school” on the gate of every educational institution. He said the students should be told that use of tobacco on the campus was a punishable offence. He said nobody (teachers, students, employees and visitor) would be allowed use of tobacco in the campus. The government has directed the officers to constitute anti-tobacco committee consisting of teachers, students and NGOs in all the schools. Instructions have also been issued to hold meetings on the issue.
Earlier, the higher education department had prohibited the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards of any educational institution and its use by teachers and students within the campus.