Shimla is recognized as smoke free city

It is a matter of great pride that capital city, Shimla is the second city after Chandigarh in India which is ranked as smoke free city. Every year 9 lakh people die in India because of smoking and addiction to other tobacco products. In a survey done in the year 2009, it has been found that 97 percent of the public areas in Shimla city are smoke free. Moreover, people not abiding by the rules and smoking in no smoking zones in Shimla have been fined. Estimates showed that challan was imposed on 3,211 people disobeying the smoking rules in Shimla and a sum of Rs. 5,59,900 was collected from these challans.

It was stated by Narender Sharma, Himachal Pradesh Voluntary Health Organization Chief, that various programmes showing the bad effects of smoking and tobacco addiction were organized in 52 schools. He also stated that 94 percent of the public places in Shimla were found without the packets of tobacco, cigarettes, gutkha etc. Survey also showed that, 95 percent of Shimla residents consider smoking and tobacco intake as injurious to health and 53 percent people want to quit smoking as soon as possible.

Soon necessary measures will be taken by government authorities to completely ban the selling of Gutkha and other tobacco items in the Shimla city. I think such moves by Himachal government is making Himachal Pradesh proud not only in the nation but internationally as well. Such measures are necessary to maintaing the sanctity and pure environment of Shimla city.


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