Friday, 6 July 2012

Drive Against Public Smoking Goes In Full Swing

A new bill on tobacco products endorsed by the legislature-parliament on August 7, 2011, restricts tobacco consumption in public places.  The new law which has been enacted from  August 7, 2011 was endorsed as part of Nepal´s obligation to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control and bans tobacco consumption in health and educational institutions, government buildings, industries and factories, hotels, religious sites and public vehicles.

The campaign which started from June 27 saw Nepal Police aggressively launching the drive against public smoking and held as many as 440 persons. Metropolis Police Range, Hanumandhoka have released the arrestees after making them aware of the legal provisions along with the health hazards of smoking in public places.

Spokesperson of the Metropolis Police Range, Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, "We have been keeping vigilance on those smoking and selling tobacco products in public places. We arrest and make them aware if they are found smoking or selling tobacco products."  According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco is the main cause for lung cancer. Similarly, a total of 42 persons die every day in Nepal, thanks to the consumption of tobacco products.


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