Jamshedpur, Dec 22: Tobacco Free pledge program was held at district collectorate during a meeting of district tobacco control coordination committee chaired by East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar on Thursday.
During the program it was announced that Jamshedpur had become the fifth tobacco smoking free city in the state of Jharkhand and all senior administrative officials took a pledge against using tobacco and wrote on a tobacco free pledge letter.
East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Suraj Kumar while thanking all administrative officials, partnering agency SEEDs, educational institutions, police and local urban bodies and health officials appealed to make the entire city tobacco smoking and consumption free.
Socio Economic and Educational Development Society (SEEDS) executive director Dipak Mishra gave a power point presentation on the step taken by the government and their NGO in all the 24 districts of Jharkhand as part of tobacco control program.
Dipak Mishra informed that state health department based on the survey conducted by independent agency hired by state health mission on implementation of various provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 or COTPA, 2003 and cities are announced tobacco free based on the implementation of the clause 4 of the COTPA Act 2003 which ensures prohibition on smoking at public places).
Earlier, this year state health mission along with SEEDS took help of an independent agency to carry out survey in nine districts on implementation of provision of COTPA 2003 and five cities including Jamshedpur were found tobacco free. Jamshedpur had an implementation ratio of 91:3 on clause 4 of the COTPA 2003.
“Our next target is to make the entire East Singhbhum district tobacco smoking free. The campaign to make the city tobacco smoking free is continuing since 2014 and after nearly six years we have achieved the objective,” said Suraj Kumar.
The deputy commissioner also directed the three-tier raiding team of the district to ensure regular raids so that tobacco products are not sold anywhere within 100 yards of educational institutions.
East Singhbhum SSP M Tamilvanan appealed to the residents not to use any tobacco products as they are harmful to health and said that the police department would extend all help to ensure that the entire district becomes tobacco smoking free.
District nodal officer of tobacco control program, Dr A. K Lal informed about activities on tobacco control undertaken in the district.