Patna: Keeping the public health in view, the Bihar government is planning to introduce a tobacco control law under the charmanship of Principal Health Secretary Amarjeet Sinha. To effectively implement the new tobacco control, a 17 -member committee, headed by Sinha, has worked out a strategy. A campaign will be launched in this direction with cordinated efforts of Health, education, commercial taxes and other departments.

Apart from this, a campaign will be launched in Patna to make the people aware how and why a person should not smoke along with the drive to check smoking at public places in the state. A comprehensive drive will be launched in towns and villages of the state. Various organizations -- Seeds, Heart, Population Services India, International Union against Tuberculosis and lung diseases, campaign for tobbacco free kids -- are playing a vital role in this campaign. Dr Ravindra Kumar Technical officer, International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases displyed a presentation on the bad effects of tobacco consumption.

On this occasion, Dipak Mishra, executive director said that almost 54 percent of people in Bihar consume tobacco which is invariably high in respect of other states. Among others who were present on the occasion included Dr NK Mishra Nodal officer Tobacco Control Programme and consultant Masood Alam.

JPN\ Bureau

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