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Election polling booths in Jammu and Kashmir declared smoke free

March 29, 2014: Steadfast in its commitment to safeguard the health of its citizens from the menace of tobacco products, Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to declare all election booths in the coming Lok Sabha polls as no smoking zones. It will now be mandatory for all election booths to display the 'No Smoking Area' warning. Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir Umang Narula issued a circular, directing that all election booths in the state shall be 'No Smoking Zones'. Chief Electoral Officer of Jammu and Kashmir has written to all Returning Officers and District Election Officers of J&K, to take action to make all Election Booths as No Smoking Zone. The CEO issued the directions following a representation made by Voluntary Health Association of India.

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Chennai PIL pleads for excluding tobacco companies from CSR activities
Chennai April 12, 2014: Cigarette, beedi and kattha manufacturers should be kept out of the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives, as it would help them promote their brands and earn good will, they should instead be asked to pay their CSR contributions directly to state and central governments for welfare schemes, a PIL filed in Madras high court has said.
The PIL, filed by S Cyril Alexander, state convenor of Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC), pointed out that as the CSR scheme which took effect from April 1, companies are mandated to spend 5% of their profit after tax (PAT) on various welfare, development and relief activities.
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Polling booths in Delhi smoke-free zones
April 10,2014: Health activists in the city have welcomed the Delhi Chief Electoral Officer’s instructions to all district electoral officers-cum-district magistrates to ensure prohibition of smoking at booths. The district electoral officers were also asked to display signs outside polling booths informing voters about booths being no-smoking zones.Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) executive director Bhavna Mukhopadhyay called it a significant development for effective implementation of tobacco control laws. She maintained that other States, including Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, too have declared all polling stations as no-smoking zones.
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Education department in Kashmir successful in reporting COPTA violations
Jammu April 2, 2014: To safeguard the health of children from the menace of tobacco products, the Education department in Kashmir division is regularly reporting the violations of COTPA in the 8 districts of Kashmir region under the leadership of Chief Education Officer's (CEO's). As per Section 6 of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA), there is a ban on the sale of tobacco to and by minors and prohibition on sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions.
The Principal Secretary, Education, Government of Jammu & Kashmir has already instructed all the Chief Education Officer's (CEO's) of Jammu & Kashmir division to report the violations on COTPA on a monthly basis.
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Rs 40,140 collected as fine in Jammu Region for smoking in public
Jammu, Mar 25: The state Police has charged Rs. 40,140 fine in the 10 districts of Jammu Region for violating COTPA during May to December 2013. As per an official spokesperson, the fine was charged after the state Government of J&K asked the State police to incorporate Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA) violations in the monthly crime review for strengthening the public health measure at the district and sub-district level.
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