Kohima district administration has banned smoking in all public places, including police stations, public transport, prisons and jails, for the sake of public health.
Kohima deputy commissioner Gregory Thejawelie, in an order on Friday, said “indiscriminate smoking” in public places is a clear violation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. Thejawelie directed both Nagaland Transport and Police departments to comply with the law by installing prohibitive signage and warning messages in all public places.
Meanwhile, the Nagaland Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Dimapur, in collaboration with Diphupar Naga Students’ Union, has launched “yellow line” tobacco-free campaign here on Friday in a bid to curb the increasing consumption of tobacco among the students.
NTCP district nodal officer Dr C Tetseo said the objective of the campaign was to strengthen tobacco-free institutional norms and create more awareness among students, staff, and visitors.