Tobacco control programme launched -
Tobacco control programme launched
Posted 12 Feb 2017 03:14 PM

The Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, (DHSK) launched the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) as a top official instructed the divisional and district health administrators to enforce the provisions of the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA).

Saleem-ur-Rehman, Dire- ctor, Health Services, Kashmir, urged the health administrators to enforce COPTA provisions and make hospitals and healthcare facilities smoke-free.
The Director was speaking at a workshop held at the Division of Epidemiology & Public Health building here where the NTCP was launched.

Saleem-ur-Rehman also directed the health administrators to work for achieving the key objectives of the NTCP. The aims include organising division-level public awareness campaigns, monitoring, evaluation and research, advocacy and inter-sectoral linkages, training and capacity building of multiple stakeholders, enforcement of the Act and school awareness programmes.

The workshop started with an overview of tobacco prevalence and its effects. Various issues were discussed threadbare and decisions were taken on issues, such as awareness, enforcement, formation of special checking squads, books and signage boards, monitoring and reporting system to effectively implement the NTCP, a statement issued by the DHSK said. “The department will be working in tandem with other stakeholders to generate awareness,” it added.

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