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Anti-tobacco drive gains momentum

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: As part of the initiative to strengthen the anti-tobacco drive in the city, Justice K. Narayana Kurup of Anti-Tobacco Foundation recently stuck ‘No Smoking' stickers inside autorickshaws. Launching the new smoke-free drive, Mr. Kurup, former Acting Chief Justice of Madras High Court, said autorickshaws were selected as a medium for the campaign because their reach with the public is high, and it is more personal than any other mode of public transport.

Under the new initiative stickers will be stuck in 1,000 autorickshaws selected at random from various places like North and South railway stations, KSRTC bus stand, and private bus stand at Kaloor.

Another function

In another function held to make the education institutions free of tobacco use, District Collector P. I. Sheik Pareed, flagged off a squad of student police at the Government Girls' Higher Secondary School, Ernakulam.

The project is to ensure that no tobacco products are available in a 100-yard radius of all educational institutions in the district, Mr. Pareed said. Police and parents' associations would be actively participating in the project, he said.

The students' police squad, in the first awareness raid, collected all kinds of tobacco products from the nearby shops in the 100-yard radius of the school. The idea is to promote awareness among shopkeepers not to store these products in their shops, said Saju Itty, project director, Smoke-Free Ernakulam. The project was announced last month by the District Collector. Initially each school would form anti-tobacco squad and create awareness in the area.

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