A comprehensive plan has been drafted by the district authorities to turn Lahore into a tobacco-smoke free city. The aim is to control passive smoking.
The plan aims to ban smoking in all the public spaces that also includes parks, marriage halls, and public transport. Also, the help from the Ministry of Religious Affairs will be taken to direct the ulema and prayer leaders to discourage them from smoking in the Friday sermons.
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Also, cigarettes sale within a 50-metre radius of any educational institute will also be banned. All across the city, anti-smoking banners will be placed on school and college gates.
At a meeting held at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Lahore, the plan was discussed. 17 important federal and provincial department officers were present.
Strict deadlines have been issued to the Department of Health, Department of Excise, Department of Education, School Department, Lahore Transport Company, Mass Transit Authority, Parks and Horticulture Authority and Federal Ministry of Health for the execution of tasks assigned to them.
A Tobacco Control Cell will be established in Deputy Commissioner Lahore’s office in collaboration with the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation, and Coordination (NHSRC).