Website to dissuade smokers launched in Chandigarh

October 1st, 2008 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Chandigarh, Oct 1 (IANS) An anti-smoking website was launched here Wednesday, a day ahead of smoking being banned in public places across the country, an official said here.”The smoke free website is the first of its kind in India. It will certainly help for the better implementation and enforcement of the smoke free guidelines in the city,” a spokesperson said.

The city was officially declared “smoke free” July 15 last year.

Ram Niwas, home secretary, launched the website

“Regular review meetings will be held for mobilising the smoke free initiatives in the city. Chandigarh is acting as a role model for other states in the country and we would take all the necessary steps to sustain this position,” said Ram Niwas.

The website contains all the guidelines which are to be followed by tobacco shops and dealers, educational institutes, private and public offices, hotels, clubs and restaurants, said Niwas.

The Chandigarh administration has been assisted by Burning Brain society, a non government organization (NGO) based in Chandigarh, in building the website.

“Our endeavour is to make this city cent percent smoke free in the real sense. The launch of the website has rejuvenated our drive,” Hemant Goswamy, chairperson of Burning Brain society told IANS.

He said the website will make people aware of their rights and any violation could be reported through this website.

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