Health Minister Confirms the Goal of Making Delhi Tobacco Free

by Savitha C Muppala on  June 2, 2012 at 7:34 AM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
Delhi Health Minister Dr. A.K. Walia confirmed that the city government is striving hard to make Delhi tobacco free.

He said that the government has been a forerunner in enforcing these Acts on a regular basis.
 Health Minister Confirms the Goal of Making Delhi Tobacco Free
Health Minister Confirms the Goal of Making Delhi Tobacco Free

Currently eight raiding squads undertake inspections and act swiftly on receipt of complaints, Walia said.

During the two-year-period from 2010 to 2012, raiding squads visited 230414 places and inspected public service vehicles. Around 31000 persons, including 41 females were fined for violations.

Further, around 3800 tobacco vendors were fined. An amount of around of Rs.27 lakh was collected as fine.

Dr. Walia stated that smoking is banned within 100 meters of educational institutions, in enclosed/covered public places.

He also revealed that there is a ban on direct and indirect advertisement of tobacco products and an order for the mandatory display pictorial health warnings on tobacco products etc.

Dr. Walia stated this at a state level function organized to mark "World No Tobacco Day as Dry Day for Tobacco".

The government is striving to make Delhi smoke free to protect citizens from the ill effects of exposure to tobacco smoke, to reduce the prevalence of smoking and to honour the rights of citizens of Delhi to breathe clean air.

Parliamentary Secretary to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Anil Bhadrawaj, was also present on the occasion.

Source: ANI

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If Delhi Government succeeds in ensuring that cigarettes are not sold within 100yards of educational institutions. If no smoking is enforced strictly in No smoking zones, then half the job is done. If one really understands the dynamics of tobacco and tobacco industry fully, vis a vis Indian politics and running of governments, very soon he realizes it's not so easy to make any place tobacco free. A practical way of approaching the issue,is to set attainable targets with respect to percentage of smokers among people, and achieve it. This way in the next four to eight years, the percentage of smokers will drastically come down. There can be no short-cuts if you look at it practically.
VinodKumarThalla Friday, June 15, 2012

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