DHSK organises workshop for Implementation of National Tobacco Control Prog, COTPA-2003

Div Com Kashmir pitches for blanket ban of smoking at public places; no mercy for people involved in drug activities

Div Com Kashmir pitches for blanket ban of smoking at public places; no mercy for people involved in drug activities

Srinagar, March 05 (KNS) : The Director of Health Services of Kashmir today conducted Divisional Level Workshop of various key stockholders for implementation of National Tobacco Control Programme and Cigarettes and Other  Tobacco Products  Act, (COPTA)- 2003 at Banquet Hall, Srinagar.

The Workshop was inaugurated by Divisional Comissioner Kashmir, Vijay Kumar Bidhuri and was attended by Dir Health Services Kashmir, Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Dir Colleges, Dir School Education, RTO Kashmir, Deputy Director Information Kashmir, officers from SMC, State Taxes Deptt, Drug & Food Control, ULB, RDD, National Health Mission and Heath Department.

Speaking on the occasion, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir underlined the need to ensure ban on smoking at public places including schools, colleges, hotels buses,  markets  and  stressed on spot imposition of fine on the smokers.

He said teachers should sensitize students about the harmful impact of smoking on health and mind of Youth and the affect on society.

Meanwhile, he said that substance use has taken a dangerous situation in Kashmir and maintained there shall be no mercy for those involved in drug abuse. He also showed concern that if the drug nexus is not curbed effectively then it would have dangerous repercussions.

Div Com said that intensive campaign has been run on social media and mainstream media against drug menace.

He directed for organising of gainful activities to keep youth away from negativity.

Dir HSK Mushtaq Ahmad while welcoming guests said that the aim of workshop is to bring key stakeholders on single platform and to sensitize them for effective implementation of NTCP & COTPA-2003 and to chalk out  comprehensive policy for prohibition of smoking.

He said J&K was 5th state to impose ban on e-cigarette and also declared Shri Amarnath Yatra Tobacco free since 2019.

Besides, he said circular for entire ban on smoking in and around educational institutions to make them Tobacco free.

He said that utmost importance shall be given to ban on tobacco to precious lives and save future generation.

During the workshop,  State Nodal Officer, NTCP, Dr Mir Mushtaq gave a presentation on Overview of Nagional Tobacco Control Programme COTPA 2023 and TOFEI, while Nodal Officer Mental Health, Dr Majid Shafi presented on Health Hazards of Tobacco and Drug De-addiction.

National Speaker Tobacco Cessation President Rajasthan Cancer Foundation Dr Rajesh Gupta gave a detailed presentation kn Tobacco Cessation. 

The speakers gave data of the active smokers, age group involved, reasons of smoking, number of  substance users, urge to quite smoking, lessons for treatment, motivational advice, NDC, ATF centres offering help in district,   fatalities, hazards, economic impact, cascading plan action, sustained awareness and education.

Dr Muhammad Naser, SPC, J&K presented vote of thanks to all the officers who participated in the workshop. (KNS) 

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