Efforts being intensified to make public places smoking-free in Kargil


Authorities in Kargil district of Ladakh have directed for strict enforcement of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA) to make public places smoking-free, an official said on Tuesday.

Deputy Commissioner, Kargil, Santosh Sukhadeve expressed concern over the involvement of minors and school-going children in tobacco use and directed the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil and principles of various schools to hold awareness programmes in schools to aware children about the ill effects of tobacco.

Sukhadeve was speaking at a meeting to chalk out a plan to ensure visible impact of implementation of COPTA on the ground through effective surveillance and feedback mechanism as well as taking timely measures to curb the menace of tobacco products, the official said. (Agencies)