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:5/24/2017)... Linda, Ca (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2017 ... ... between effects and background. Understanind and choosing the most appropriate instruments for research ... prove critical in research finding. This webinar will focus on innovations in stereo ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... 24, 2017 , ... Dr. Manju R. Kejriwal, a leading Ohio dentist, is ... without a referral. Dr. Kejriwal understands the emotional and financial toll traditional orthodontics can ... OH. Patients no longer need to feel the esthetic effects of wires and brackets ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... Birmingham, Clarkston, Lake Orion, Michigan (PRWEB) , ... ... ... Endometriosis is a disease affecting the female reproductive tract in which ... itself on the pelvic structures causing inflammation and pain. Patients experiencing painful ...
(Date:5/24/2017)... ... May 24, 2017 , ... Rob Lowe is a sought after actor, ... Television. “Informed” brings the public important topics from all aspects of life, and a ... and issues surrounding feet and ankles. , Podiatry is essential to people’s overall well-being, ...
(Date:5/23/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... May 23, 2017 , ... ... Population Health and Clinical Integration company, announced today that its iClinic V12.2 solution ... (PCMH) 2017 Prevalidation. NCQA recently introduced PCMH 2017 standards which emphasize team-based ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/10/2017)... Inc. (Nasdaq: HOLX ) announced today the ... April 1, 2017 .   GAAP diluted earnings per ... prior year period as the sale of the blood ... diluted EPS of $0.50 increased 6.4%.  Revenue of $715.4 ... Excluding the effects of blood screening and the acquired ...
(Date:5/10/2017)... May 10, 2017 CSSi, the global leader ... clinical research industry, is proud to announce the launch ... new website features both enriched content and a customized ... enhances the company,s already well-established position as the top ... "After many months of hard work, we are ...
(Date:5/9/2017)... 9, 2017  Semler Scientific, Inc. (OTCQB: SMLR), ... to improve the clinical effectiveness and efficiency of ... first quarter ended March 31, 2017. ... customers to identify when preventive care options are ... like heart attacks or strokes occur," said ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: