Marking tobacco consumption as a serious health issue in society, state government of Maharashtra has issued an advisory to schools to stop participation of children in the activities sponsored by any firm or subsidiary of a firm which promotes the use of tobacco in any form. The advisory issued by Additional Chief Secretary of Public Health Department, Dr Vijay Satbir Singh have asked schools and children not to accept any prize or scholarship instituted by a tobacco promoting firm.
“We recommend that schools should not allow any institution using brand name emblem, trademark, logo or trade insignia or any other distinct features directly or indirectly connected with tobacco products to be associated with students,” the advisory has said. Schools are also advised to organize events to create awareness against tobacco.
“This is an important thing which should be noted. Now tobacco companies are trying to target school children. We have rules to prevent the tobacco consumption it is necessary to implement those,” said Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi Professor and Surgeon, Tata Memorial Hospital
The cigarette and other tobacco products act which was enforced in 2003 already have direction for schools against Tobacco. According to this act, schools are advised to display posters informing about the harmful effects of tobacco at prominent places in the schools. Also, no tobacco selling should be in 100 yards of the educational institution.