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In Jaipur, tobacco use will be prohibited in and around public places, workplaces, educational institutions th…Read More

JAIPUR: On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day 2020, district collector Joga Ram said efforts would be made to make the city tobacco-free by strictly adhering to Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) and its effective implementation. Moreover, in view of Covid-19 pandemic, implementation of the Act will be closely monitored and offenders will be dealt with strictly.
In Jaipur, tobacco use will be prohibited in and around public places, workplaces, educational institutions their surroundings and public health institutions.
Transport commissioner Ravi Jain, who was present during a function at the collectorate said, “The ban on the use of tobacco becomes even more necessary during the pandemic. Consumption of tobacco in public places is a punishable offence even now,” he said. In October, the collector had asked officials to formulate an action plan to make Jaipur tobacco-free in collaboration with Vaagdhara institution.
Secretary of NGO Vaagdhara Sudeep Sharma said, “For the last two years, the campaign was run in various government institutions, colleges, schools, public places in the direction of tobacco-free Jaipur.”
“As per the survey conducted by the us and the government, currently, there is 90% COTPA compliance in the city,” he said.
According to the Vaagdhara Institute, more than 70,000 people die annually in Rajasthan due to consumption of tobacco and the state government has to spend about five times more than the revenue received for the treatment of tobacco-related diseases.

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