Rickshaw rally on tobacco awareness


AmritsarPosted at: May 24, 2017, 12:57 AM; last updated: May 24, 2017, 12:57 AM (IST)

A rickshaw rally being flagged off to create awareness on the harms of tobacco consumption in Amritsar on Tuesday. Tribune photo

Tribune News Service

Amritsar, May 23

The Health Department took out a rickshaw rally in various parts of the city to create awareness on the harms of tobacco today.
The rally was flagged off by Civil Surgeon Dr Pardeep Chawla, along with other officials. He said that as per the law, the sale of tobacco products within the 100-yard radius of educational institutions was not allowed. The law also prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors.
The district nodal officer for tobacco control programme, Dr Naresh Chawla, said the department had initiated a drive to check violations under Cigarette and Other Tobacco Control Act from May 1 which would continue till May 31. He said the government departments should help in the implementation of the Act by strictly enforcing the law.
He said tobacco and its products, including nicotine, are banned under the Food Safety and Standards Act. If any shopkeeper is found selling such substance, his or her license can be cancelled.

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