Today is ‘No Tobacco Day’ in Punjab
Tobacco kills more people than even drugs in Punjab. To highlight the evil of smoking, The Punjab government has decided to observe November 1 as ‘No Tobacco Day’ in an effort to discourage tobacco use in the State.
“Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has issued directions to all the Deputy Commissioners in this regard,” Punjab Health Minister Surjit Kumar Jyani said in an official release here on Monday.
He said the State government is committed towards better health of the people of the State.
Principal Secretary (Health) Vini Mahajan said the aim of this campaign is to reduce prevalence of tobacco or nicotine use in Punjab in order to reduce prevalence of non-communicable diseases.
She also said that the sale of loose cigarettes, tobacco and e-cigarettes are banned in Punjab.
A Department of Social Security Development of Women and Children has suggested that every two in three rural households in Punjab have at least one drug addict in the family.