Ranchi, May 31: Chief Secretary Rajbala Verma chaired the state level meeting of the National Tobacco Control Programme here during which she directed to activate the anti tobacco sqaud and also asked to remove the tobacco shops located with in 100 meter radius of the educational institutions.
The Chief Secretary said that the number of people consuming tobacco in the state was far more larger than compared to other states due to which a large number of people were suffering due to various health diseases related to tobacco consumption.
According to the GATS survey (2009-10) 50.1 per cent population in the state consumes tobacco which included 63.6 pc men and 35.9 pc men women. In the meeting it was decided that to make the state tobacco free the tobacco control programme would be more effectively run and it was also decided to bring a proposal; in the state cabinet to put a ban on pan masala in the state. States such as Maharashtra and Assam have passed legislations through their respective assemblies after which sale of ‘pan masala’ and tobacco has been prohibited in the state.