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Govt to form committee on tobacco control

Jammu and Kashmir Government is contemplating to constitute a high-level monitoring Committee under the Chairmanship of Chief Minister to curb the menace of tobacco and other allied products in J&K. 

This was revealed by Minister for Health and Family Welfare Sham Lal Sharma at a meeting of representatives of Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) on 22 August.

Expressing concern over the increasing cases of cancer every year due to use of tobacco in different forms, the minister stressed the need for strong measures to minimize the use of cigarettes, gutkas and other such products while seeking society’s help in dealing with the issue.

He said only Government efforts are not enough to get rid of the menace. He appealed to social and religious organisations to use their influence and educate the society about the ill-effects of tobacco and other similar substances which are eating into the vitals of the society.

Appreciating the efforts of the VHAI and other credible NGOs in the field of social service, the minister said that all like-minded organisations should come forward and help Government in fighting these social evils. He supported the pledge of VHAI for making Jammu and Kashmir smoke/gutka-free and said that Government will take more steps to make deterrent laws to deal with the situation.
 
Aaliya Khan

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 September 2012 on page no. 10

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