Kohima, March 30 (NEx): The National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) COTPA flying, squad led by District Nodal Officer, (NTCP) Wokha, Police DBs and District Tobacco Control cell (DTCC) members conducted raid on sale of prohibited tobacco products in an area within a radius of one hundred (100) meters of educational institutions under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA) Section 6 (b) on March 30th, 2021.
During the raid, five defaulters were penalized and prohibited items were seized and the seized products were destroyed the same day in presence of all the COTPA flying squad members.
DNO, Wokha informed that similar raids will be conducted frequently as per the laid down COTPA sections and law.
Also, for effective implementation of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, an enforcement drive on sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions was carried out under National Tobacco Control Programme (NTPC) on March 26th, 2021 at Mon Town.
The team consisting of representatives from District Administration, Excise Department, Police and Konyak Student Union (KSU) was led by District Nodal Officer NTCP Mon, Dr. I. Simon Sumi and District Consultant NTCP Mon, Nyeamying Konyak, a DIPR said.
25 shops around educational institutions were found selling tobacco products amr the team seized the products and burnt the items in a dumping area.
(With inputs from DIPR)