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DHSK holds anti-tobacco drive; COTPA violators fined

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SRINAGAR: Tobacco Control cell of DSHK with the active support of SHO Police Station Bemina launched an anti-tobacco enforcement drive around Bemina and adjoining areas in the vicinity of Pediatric hospital and Government SKIMS Medical College Bemina.

During the enforcement drive, held on the directions of Director Health Services Kashmir (DSHK), Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, various street vendors were found selling cigarettes and other tobacco products in violation of the COTPA 2003 act.

The erring were on spot fined and cigarettes and other products were seized from them. Various individuals who were found smoking in public places were also fined.

Director Health Services Kashmir, Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather said that more and more such drives will be launched in the future.

He said that selling tobacco products in and around health and education institutions is banned as per law. He further said that smoking is the major cause of all cancers and whole society shall join hands to control its use.

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