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Universities and colleges in Haryana will be smoke free from January 26.

Universities and colleges in Haryana will be smoke free from January 26.
Manohar Lal

CHANDIGARH—Concerned over the increasing tendency among the students to take to tobacco products, colleges and universities in Haryana will be smoke-free from January 26. The education department has joined the health department to nip the evil in the bud.

The official spokesperson said that the Director-General of Higher Education, Haryana, has directed all the state universities and private in Haryana along with all the government, government-aided and self-finance colleges to ensure that their educational institutions became tobacco-free by January 26, 2021. He has also directed to take necessary steps to ensure smoke-free educational institutions in the future also.

The education department will educate and make the students aware of the ill-effects of smoking. Besides, various steps will be taken like writing slogans on the premises of the institutes and appointing nodal officers to caution the students about the harms of tobacco consumption. The heads of institutes were asked to enforce the anti-smoking Act in their respective areas and ensure that no sales of cigarettes and tobacco products existed within the limit of their institutes.

The official also stated that an awareness campaign will be organized by the education and health departments across the state. The rationale behind the move is to “aware them  young.”  As the student community is more vulnerable and prone to this menace, the government has decided to start this campaign to nip the evil.

It is also stated that there was the alarming prevalence of tobacco use among the students. As many as over 36 per cent of children take to smoking before the age of 10; 56 per boys and 32 percent girls. Given this scenario, the government jumped into the battle against tobacco is a welcome move and will definitely given a boost to the National Tobacco Control Programme.

YS.RANA: Principal Correspondent   

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