The police have been directed to incorporate Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) violations in the monthly crime review for strengthening the public health measure at the district and sub-district levels. The state governments will have to send this report to the Centre thrice in a year.

The Home Ministry has taken a new initiative regarding COTPA that has put many restrictions on the usage and promotion of tobacco products.

Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami in his letter on May 5 said that the COTPA law needs to be strictly implemented considering the diseases, deaths caused by tobacco products. He has asked all the DGPs to implement the law very strictly through their police superintendents.

According to the letter, the new law should be separately discussed and included in Police Department’s monthly crime review meeting. Goswami has also made arrangements for review of its implementation on regular basis. He has asked the states to send district-wise report in every four months regarding this.

Earlier, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi from Tata Memorial hospital, Mumbai had met Home Secretary on May 1 and requested him to alert all the police forces in the country in this regard.

Under the COPTA, smoking in offices, movie theatres, bus stands, railway stations, hotels, restraints and other such public places is prohibited. It also covers prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, production supply and distribution of tobacco products.

(JPN/Bureau)

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