- Punjab state observed No tobacco day on 1st NOVEMBER
Effective ban on chewable tobacco required says Surjit Kumar Jyani, Health Minister Punjab and in its endeavour to get rid of tobacco 1st November will be observed as No tobacco day all over Punjab. Chief Minister, Punjab has already issued direction to all the DCs of Punjab in this regard. Punjab Government is committed for better health of of state. Health Minister stated that concerted efforts of Punjab government got due recognition with WHO World No Tobacco Day award.
Ms. Vini Mahajan, Principal Secretary, Health said that aim of this campaign is to reduce prevalence of Tobacco/Nicotine use in Punjab in order to reduce prevalence of Non-Communicable diseases e.g. cancer, cardiovascular diseases. it is required to stop use of tobacco products. and to enhance public awareness about preventing various Non-Communicable diseases She further disclosed that sale of loose cigarettes/tobacco & E-Cigarettes are completely banned in Punjab. Strict action under law would be taken against the shopkeepers who violate various provisions of COTPA and FSSAI. License of a commercial establishment can be cancelled in case of violation of Tobacco Control Act as per latest notification of Punjab Govt. Sh. Hussan Lal, Commissioner Food & Drug Administration cum Secretary Health said that all the Food Safety Officers and Drug Inspectors have been directed to ensure that there is no sale of flavoured/scented chewable tobacco & E-Cigarettes. Food safety Officers have also been instructed to take five samples of chewable tobacco under FSSAI every month and ensure the strict implementation of ban of Gutkha and Pan Masala as per Hon’ble Supreme Court ruling. Dr H S Bali, Director Health & Family Welfare, Punjab said that the banning of loose cigarettes was a step in that direction. Special awareness campaign has been launched in all districts till 7 November.