Chandrapur Police strict on smoking in public places and sale of tobacco near schools

Mumbai/ Chandrapur: It is proven beyond doubt that tobacco kills every third user prematurely. Chandrapur Police has decided to strictly implement the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 to tackle the tobacco menace. 55Police Officers of Chandrapur were sensitized on the issue of tobacco in a Refresher training program organized by Shri Prashant Khaire, Additional Superintendent of Police Chandrapur in collaboration with Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) and Chandrapur Cancer Care Foundation supported by Tata Trusts.

Addressing the training program, Add. SP. Prashant Khaire said, “We have been benefitted immensely with this Refresher training on COTPA and feel confident in implementing its provisions. We will continue to take action on violations in COTPA and protect the youth who are our future generations.”

COTPA prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising and promotion, sale to/by minors, sale within 100 yards of schools and sale of tobacco-products without statutory warnings. It is currently being implemented in many districts of Maharashtra.

Dr. Pranav Ingole, Head and Neck surgeon and Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) patron said, “The use of tobacco is a prominent risk factor for 6 to 8 leading causes of death and almost 40% of the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD). 50% of all cancers and 90% of oral cancers are caused due to tobacco. More than 529 children initiate tobacco use every day. Appreciate Chandrapur Police for initiating action under COTPA to save lives by reducing access to tobacco near schools. ”

Prashant Kahire- Additional SP, Shekhar Deshmukh, Home (DySP) , P.T.Ekurke, API, Ashish Supase from Tata Trusts and Devidas Shinde from Sambandh Health Foundation were also present in the training Program.