Shimla to turn smoke-free soon

March 11th, 2009 - 6:52 pm ICT by IANS  

Mumbai, March 11 (IANS) Shimla is set to turn smoke-free soon and the entire state of Himachal Pradesh would follow suit in three years, officials said here Wednesday.
“We are moving in right direction to turn Shimla smoke-free on the Chandigarh model in next few months to save passive smokers from ill effects of tobacco,” said Gopal Chauhan, nodal officer of tobacco control programme in the state.

Chauhan was speaking to IANS on the sidelines of the 14th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.

Himachal Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (HPVHA) executive director Narender Sharma, who is also a delegate at the conference, said after Shimla the whole state will follow the suit in next two-three years.

The conference, the largest meet of anti-tobacco advocates, health experts, scientists and educators, began in Mumbai Sunday. It is the first time the event is being held in India.

More than 2,000 delegates from across the world are attending the conference at the National Centre for Performing Arts. It will conclude March 12.

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