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Anti-Tobacco Awareness and preventive campaigns in all Offices & Schools and Display of Boards in all Educational Institutions - Guidelines

The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products(Prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 34/2003 Conduct Anti-Tobacco Awareness and preventive campaigns in all Offices & Schools and Display of Boards in all Educational Institutions

All the Regional Joint Directors of School Education / District Educational Officers / Principals of DIETs, CTEs, lASEs in the State are informed that, in the ref. 18 ' read above, Govt. of India enacted the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products ( Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of
Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act , 2003 (34/2003)" for prohibition of smoking, tobacco products, advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production, supply and distribution.
    Further, in the ref. 2nd read above, Govt of India has issued amendments from time to time.
In the Amendment, dated: 19-1-2010, Govt. of India the following rules were incorporated to the Act 34/2003.
1. "Educational institution" means any place or center where educational institutions are imparted according to the specific norms and include any school/college and institution of higher learning established or recognized by an appropriate authority.
2. Display of Board by Educational Institutions:
i) The owner or manager or any person in charge of affairs of they educational institution shall display and exhibit a board at a conspicuous place outside the premises, prominently stating that sale of cigarettes and other Tobacco products in an area within a radius of one hundred yards of educational institution is strictly prohibited and that is an offence punishable under Section 24 of the Act with fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.
ii) The distance of one hundred yards referred to in sub-rule (1), shall be measured radially starting from the outer limit of the boundary wall or fence, as the case may be of the educational institution.
        Further, the Health & Family Welfare Department, Govt., of India has furnished the following information on usage of tobacco and its repercussions, diseases etc., to create awareness and to take preventive steps among the public / students. Copies of the pamphlets on the points are enclosed
herewith.
1) What is Tobacco
2) Tobacco is addictive
3) What in Reality are Tobacco users consuming
4) Alarming Health Related Facts
5) Tobacco Burden and Prevalence
6) What are in Reality in Tobacco users consuming?
7) How does the Tobacco industry target youth?
8) Passive smoking (Second hand Smoke (SHS)
9) What youth can do?
Therefore, all the Regional Joint Directors of School Education / District Educational Officers/ Principals, DIETs, CTEs and lASE are requested to conduct Anti-Tobacco awareness campaigns and to take preventives steps in their respective offices and also issue necessary instructions to all Field officers / Headmasters of all schools to conduct Anti-Tobacco Awareness Campaigns and to take preventive steps in their jurisdiction, duly following the above guidelines.
     Further they are also requested to take all necessary steps to display of Boards in all Educational Institutions of all managements as per the above said instructions (Amendment, dated: 19-1-2010 to Act 34/2003) without fail and submit compliance.
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