ICT personnel, Police directed to check violation of anti-smoking law

The Interior Ministry has directed all the patrolling unit officers of the Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) Police and the District Administration to strictly check violation of ‘Prohibition of smoking and Protection of Non Smokers Health Ordinance 2002’ in public places and publictransport.

They have been directed to take necessary action against violators of the anti smoking law. Transport unions, transport managers and representatives of trade unions have been directed to implement the ordinance in their respective areas. ICT Police has been briefed to devise a strategy for the implementation of the ordinance. The ordinance was framed to improve public health, but was never implemented completely. Sources claim that only one case was registered under this law against a violator in 2006.

Following the directions, the ICT administration is organising a public health advocacy seminar on the hazards of smoking on August 22 at the Rural Health Centre, Tarlai from 10 am to 1 pm. Acting District Health Officer Dr Amir Zada Khan will supervise the seminar while Advocate High Court Chaudhry Ishtiaq Maharban will be chief guest on the occasion.


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