- The government of Maharashtra has undertaken various initiatives to make the state tobacco-free.
- On the occasion of the World No Tobacco Day, a programme was organised by the Salaam Bombay Foundation in Mantralaya.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Health Minister Deepak Sawant, took the pledge of tobacco-free Mantralaya, along with the officers and the staff of Mantralaya.
While taking the pledge, Devendra Fadnavis said, not only the Mantralaya, the state government is taking various efforts to make Maharashtra a tobacco-free state.
On this occasion, the state government has also launched a toll-free number, 1800222365, on which citizens can file a complaint, in case someone is violating the COPTA act. Under the COPTA act, the state government takes action against the illegal manufacture and sale of the tobacco products.
While addressing the function in the Mantralaya, Managing Director of the Salaam Bombay Foundation Tshering Bhutia said, “It’s indeed a positive step that the Maharashtra government is putting their best efforts to make the state tobacco-free. If the state government extends their help we can surely work together for tobacco-free Maharashtra.”