Deputy Commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan K IAS has issed a circular on 28th August 2019 on measures for making schools ‘tobacco free zones’. In pursuance of Cigarette and other tobacco products Act (GOTTA) 2003, concerned authorities have been informed that all schools under Mon district will be made ‘Tobacco Free Schools’ with an aim to prevent and control tobacco use among students. Hence, a period of 3(three) months has been given to all schools (Government, Government aided & Private). The heads of the Institution are to ensure the following in order to be declared as ‘Tobacco Free School’ within the given time frame.
Display of ‘Tobacco Free School’ or ‘Tobacco Free Institution’ board at a prominent place on the boundary wall outside the main entrance.
No sale of tobacco products inside the permission and within a radius of 100 yards from the school/educational institution and mandatory signage in this regard should be displayed permanently near the main gate and on boundary wall of school/Institute.
No smoking or chewing of tobacco inside the permission of the institution by students/teachers/other staff members/visitors.
Display of sign board ‘No Smoking Area’- Smoking here is an offence “of 60×30 cm size inside the institution (as mandated by law).
Posters with information about the harmful effects of tobacco should be displayed at prominent place in the school/institutions. Students should be encouraged to make their own posters on tobacco control themes.
A copy of the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (GOTTA) 2003 should be available with the principal/Head of school/institution.
A ‘Tobacco Control Committee’ should be in place. It may be chaired by school Head/Principal, with members comprising of science teacher, or any other teacher, school counselor (if available), at least two NSS/NCC/Scout students, at least two parents representatives, area MLA, area SHO, Municipal Councilor, members of PRIs, any other member. The committee should meet quarterly and report to the District Administration.
Integrate tobacco control activities with ongoing School Health Programme of the state.
Promote writing of Anti-tobacco slogans on the school/institution stationery.
The Principal/Head of school/institution should recognize tobacco control initiatives by students/teacher/other staff and certificates of appreciation may be given.
The District Nodal Officer for Tobacco Control in the District Hospital may be consulted for technical or any other inputs.
Further, Action taken in this regard may be intimated to the District Administration within 3(three) months of issue of this circular, DC added.
(News Source: DIPR)