Navigation Links
Chandigarh to Become India's First Smoke-free City

As if the tag of being the country's greenest and cleanest city was not enough, Chandigarh is all set to add another feather to its cap - it will become the first smoke-free city in the country.

The Chandigarh administration is working to get the city declared smoke free by July 1.

The joint capital of Punjab and Haryana will have designated smoking areas at all public places and buildings to ensure that smoking is restricted and the general public is not forced to passively inhale smoke.

"Besides protecting children, women and non-smokers from the harmful consequences of tobacco and smoking, such an initiative will improve the global image of Chandigarh and will be helpful in promoting business and tourism," said a senior government official.

The idea to make the city a 'smoke-free' zone was first mooted by Burning Brain Society, a NGO that pounded the administration and Punjab and Haryana governments with 293 petitions under the Right to Information (RTI) Act, seeking the status of the implementation of a 2003 legislation banning smoking at public places.

"In the 1980s and 90s, terrorists in Punjab had demanded a complete ban on smoking in the state and Chandigarh. They even terrorized people with bullets and guns to get the ban enforced but could not succeed. What they could not do through bullets, we have achieved through RTI petitions," Burning Brain Society chairman Hemant Goswami told IANS.

Various departments of the local administration are engaged in doing the groundwork to ensure the implementation of the smoke-free plan for the city.

"I think this is a very good step. It will solve the problem of passive smoking forced on women, children and non-smokers. The administration should be complimented if it works," said insurance executive Ritu Suri.

However, not everyone is happy about it. "This is a democratic country. Has the administration taken the views of smokers to work out a solution? Such laws are not enforced even in cities in Western countries," said smoker Arun Manchanda.

Goswami said objections and suggestions from the tobacco industry and smokers were invited before an international agreement and the Indian legislation was made against smoking.


'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. The Sale Of Expired Drugs In A Hospital In Chandigarh
2. Chicken Fest in Chandigarh To ward off bird flu scare
3. Medicos Call Off Strike In Punjab, Haryana And Chandigarh
4. Condom Vending Machines to be Installed in Chandigarh
5. Fresh Polio Cases Reported from Chandigarh, Haryana
6. Malnutrition on decline among school children in Chandigarh
7. Chandigarh to Screen Mothers, Children for Genetic Disorders
8. Chandigarh Councillors Tested for AIDS in Awareness Campaign
9. Chandigarh to Impose Spot Fine for Smokers from July
10. Overweight children Dont Necessarily Become overweight adults
11. Girls Who Undergo Genital Mutilation Can Become Infertile
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/7/2016)... Michigan (PRWEB) , ... February 07, 2016 , ... Women's ... of National Wear Red Day. National Wear Red Day is the first Friday ... women. Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year ...
(Date:2/6/2016)... ... February 06, 2016 , ... With the FCPX LUT: ... color grades to their footage. A LUT is a Lookup Table that contains a ... corresponding color indicated by the table. By manipulating each pixel, LUT's can change each ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... of the company's lighter, sleeker next generation LYNX VR Indoor Trainer with multi-rider ... Improvements in design and manufacturing not only reduce the weight of the unit, ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... ... addition of micro-needling services in their Napa Valley office. The technique utilizes the ... Surgery Associates, Dr. Canales and Dr. Furnas, are part of only a select ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... ... February 05, 2016 , ... US Sports Camps , official ... NH to direct high-performance kids yoga training. ChildLight Yoga Studio is centrally situated in ... from Boston. , ChildLight Yoga Studio founder Lisa Flynn expresses her excitement, “We are ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/8/2016)... HOUSTON , 8. Februar 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... veröffentlichte heute eine Infografik mit dem Titel ... ganzen Welt), mit der der Krankheit gegenüber ... die dazu ermutigen soll, Medikamentenresistenz bei Epilepsie ... der allgemeinen Diskussion zu machen. Mithilfe der ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... Feb. 5, 2016  ivWatch, a medical devices company, is ... Award granted by Governor Terry McAuliffe,s office. ivWatch ... February 25th at an event to be held at the ... award honors professionals and business that have made significant contributions ... Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160205/330117LOGO ...
(Date:2/5/2016)... -- Aethlon Medical, Inc. (Nasdaq: AEMD ), today announced ... presenting at Source Capital Group,s 2016 Disruptive Growth & Healthcare ... 2:15 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 10, 2016.  Mr. Joyce ... at 3:15 p.m. ET. http://www.aethlonmedical.com .  The webcast ... conclusion of the live event. The panel discussion will not ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: