KARNATAKA

Gadag distrist tops nation in COTPA implementation

Gadag SP honoured for the achievement

By setting up an effective mechanism to strictly enforce tobacco control measures Gadag district has become the top district in the country in the enforcement of Cigarettes and other tobacco products act (COTPA), 2003.

The district which was one the first ones to start implementation, involving various departments of the government such as Health, education, municipality, information and private sectors such as Hotels and restaurants association, retailers, public place owners and work places and effectively implemented COTPA.

On Saturday in Gadag, the district’s efforts were appreciated by honouring Superintendent of Police of Gadag District S.D. Sharanappa, who was very proactive in sustaining COTPA enforcement efforts in the district. The event held in Gadag on Saturday was organised by Ministry of Health and Family welfare, Government of India, Karnataka State Police and Bloomberg-WHO Tobacco Free Initiative Partners in association with Institute of Public Health (IPH).

‘Role model for COPTA’

Honouring Mr. Sharanappa with an award, Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Minister H.K. Patil said: “The efforts of our district administration and Superintendent of Police have been able to set a role model for COTPA compliance district and also as a role model for the entire nation in fighting the ill-effects of tobacco.” Underscoring the need for imposing more taxes on tobacco products to act as a deterrent for the smokers, Mr. Patil said that there was need for chalking out rehabilitation plan for the retail sellers of tobacco products.

‘Protecting health’

Inspector General of Police (Northern Range), Belgaum, Bhaskar Rao, said that by effectively implementing the COTPA rules, the police were playing a social role to protect the health of passive smokers, especially women and children who were the main victims of passive smoking.



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