GUWAHATI, June 2 - The Kamrup Metro district administration will adopt a number of measures to reduce the consumption and use of tobacco products, including declaring at least 100 schools in Guwahati as tobacco-free institutions.
Dr M Angamuthu, Deputy Commissioner of Kamrup Metro, told The Assam Tribune that the source checking of tobacco and tobacco products at the wholesale level and regulation of distribution at the retail level are among the actions being planned in this regard.
�A total of 10 schools were declared tobacco-free institutions last year. For this year, a minimum of 100 schools will be targeted,� he said.
�We will also intensify awareness programmes and capacity building exercises at all levels. Target groups will be fixed in this regard. We plan to specially focus on students from the high school and higher secondary levels to those in colleges and universities,� added the DC.
He said the administration would involve NGOs and other stakeholders to ensure better participation in events and for dissemination of vital information.
�We will also involve the print and electronic media for better dissemination of information,� said Dr Angamuthu.
He said religious institutions would also be co-opted as main stakeholders to reduce tobacco consumption in the city.
It is noteworthy that North-East India has one of the highest rates of prevalence of cancer in the country and widespread tobacco consumption is considered to be among the major reasons for this.