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School Awareness Programme

The National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Governmnet of India, in 2007-08. The objective was to bring about greater awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and about the tobacco control laws. Uttar Pradesh Voluntary Health Association is running “School Awareness Programme” in seven districts of UP Agra, Aligarh, Chitrakoot, Hathras, Jhansi, Mahoba and Kasganj.

Objectives

  • To aware school children’s on tobacco and to ensure the school follows the guidelines of COTPA Act, 2003
  • To bring about greater awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco use and Tobacco Control Laws
  • To facilitate effective implementation of the Tobacco Control Laws
  • Relevant Sections under School Awareness Programme

Section 4

No person shall smoke in any public place:

Provided that in a hotel having thirty rooms or a restaurant having seating capacity of thirty persons or more and in the airports, a separate provision for smoking area or space may be made

Effective from: 2nd October, 2008

Section 6 (a)

Section 6 (a) of Tobacco Control Act, 2003 provides:

  • Sale of tobacco products to persons under the age of 18 is prohibited
  • The seller should ensure that the person who is buying the tobacco product is not a minor
  • A display board to be put up at the point of sale declaring that “sale of tobacco products to minors is prohibited”
  • Prohibition on sale of tobacco products near educational institutions

Section 6 (b)

Section 6 (b) of Tobacco Control Act, 2003, provides

  • In order to restrict access of youth for tobacco products, the sale of the same is prohibited in an area within radius of 100 yards of any educational institution
  • A display board to be put up outside the educational institutions declaring the same
  • Fine of up to Rs. 200 for violators

Activities

  1. Monitoring tobacco control laws and reporting
  2. Training of stakeholders
  3. Information education communication
  4. School programmes
  5. Tobacco cessation