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Need co-operation from depts to implement of COTPA: Dr Kusuma

Mysuru, February 16:- “Co-operation of all the departments is essential to control tobacco consumption in the district and for the proper implementation of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act of 2003,” said district tobacco control programme officer Dr Kusuma.

She was speaking at a progress review meeting held at Deputy Commissioner’s (DC) office auditorium on Friday.

“District Health and Family Welfare Department has been working on properly implementing COTPA 2003. Tobacco control does not come under only the police department and health department. It requires the support of all the departments,” she added.

“Tobacco products are banned from being sold at 100 metres from educational institutions. If any shop is found violating this rule, such shops will be closed down,” she said.

“Smoking is prohibited at public places, parks, hotels and restaurants and shops, government and private offices, film theatres. Boards on the prohibition of tobacco should be displayed. Officials have to make sure that such boards are displayed,” she added.

“Advertisements of tobacco products at shops selling those products should be removed. Special drives and actions should be taken at panchayat levels for the proper implementation of the Act,” she said.

“Police department has been working on the implementation of the Act in the city. Awareness is being created among students at schools and colleges,” said Assistant Commissioner of Police C Gopal.

Health officer of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) Dr Janara Tabassum said that the corporation has taken tobacco control as a challenge. She said that illegal smoking zones at hotels, bar and restaurants, pubs and clubs will be closed.

Advisor of district tobacco control cell, Shivakumar, Prabhakar Poojari of state tobacco control cell and others were present. (MR/KS)

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