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Police to play active role in making Islamabad ‘smoke-free’: SSP

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ISLAMABAD:(APS)May 20:  Islamabad Traffic Police (ITP) will make complete coordination with the authorities to ensure implementation on tobacco control laws through educating road users and effectively conducting checking in public transport.

It was stated by Senior Superintendent of Police (Traffic) Malik Matloob Ahmed here Wednesday while addressing the inaugural ceremony of campaign started to create awareness among citizens about hazard of tobacco use.

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It is to mention that ITP has launched this campaign in coordination with Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) Health wing and people will be educated about anti-smoking laws.

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The inaugural ceremony was participated by SPs Ilyas Hashmi and Khalid Rasheed, Deputy Director General  Health CADD Dr. Minhaj us Siraj, former Captain of Pakistan Hockey team Muhammad Mansoor, Director ITP FM Radio Ayesha Jameel, In-Charge Education Team of ITP Rana Ishtiaq and journalists from electronic and print media.

In the first phase till June 4, the cops of ITP and other stakeholders will be provided basic information about hazards of tobacco use so that they may be able to impart it among other people effectively.  The common citizens will be briefed about damages of smoking in this phase and announcements will be also made by Education Wing and ITP’s FM Radio 92.4 to avoid this habit.

During the second phase to be started from June 26, the SSP (Traffic) said that public will be given awareness on ban of tobacco use in public transport as well as public places and hazards of tobacco use, The SSP said that according to Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Non-Smokers Health Ordinance, 2002, smoking is illegal in public places and public transport. He said that there is prohibition of sale of cigarettes and ‘sheesha’ to minors and young people under 18 years of age.  A penalty from Rs.1,000 to 100,000 can be imposed on smoking at public places and public transport, he added.

Deputy Director General Health CADD Dr. Minhaj us Siraj said that this initiative is being taken to make Islamabad a Smoke-Free City.

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