Precautions must be taken both inside and outside the school campus to prevent the spread of COVID-19
According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2016-17 )28.6 % of orders (15 year and above) in India use tobacco
As per the Global Youth Tobacco Survey(GYTS), 2009 14.6% of students in India aged between 13 to 15 years use tobacco. GYTS is a nationally representative school based survey of students in grades associated with age 13 to 15 years.
Spitting of tobacco/ tobacco products is also a public health hazard, as it may lead to spread of swine flu pneumonia, gastro-intestinal diseases, creating a potential potential risk of transmission of Tuberculosis as Tuberculosis bacili can survive in spit for an entire day on nuisance to the people in general.
Various rules were notified for effective regulation of tobacco products from time to time. These provided for prohibition of ;
Smoking in public places,
Sales of tobacco products to and by minors,
Sales of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions and,
Smokeless tobacco products such as Gutkha, jarda, Khaini etc.have been prohibited vide the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulation, 2011 under Food Safety and Standards act, 2006
The school management does not permit any use of tobacco products in the premises of the institution by anybody including students teacher other staff members school buses drivers and staff and visitors.
To enforce the provisions of COTPA, 2003 and Rules made thereunder is as
Section 4---- smoking in public places, fine up to Rs.200 under section 21
Section 6a--- sale of tobacco products to or by minors, fine upto Rs.200 under section 24
Section 77----Giving or causing to give any addictive substance including tobacco to minors, upto 1 lakh fine and 7 years imprisonment.
Section 268---- creating Public nuisance which causes any common injury danger or annoyance to the public ,fine upto Rs.200.