jueves, 18 de diciembre de 2014 – 17 de diciembre de 2014 – India

Tourism associations in Jammu-Kashmir gear up to fight tobacco use
Srinagar, Dec 17 : With an aim to curtail cigarette smoking and consumption of other tobacco products in the state, tourism-related bodies are set to revitalize their fight against the use of tobacco in public places. ”We are very much serious in promoting a tobacco-free Kashmir and to realize this, we will pool in our resources and ensure that public places like hotels and restaurants which are under our control, are made hundred per cent tobacco free zones,” said Showkat Chaudhry, President of Kashmir Hotels and Restaurant Association (KHARA).

KHARA which is working hard to revive the local tourism industry that suffered immense losses in the recent floods, plans to issue fresh circulars to all its members asking them to follow COTPA act in letter and spirit. ”We will also encourage our members and educate them about the ill effects of tobacco so that they contribute in making Kashmir a tobacco free place,” Chaudhry said. The state government and other NGO’s too need to play their part in educating people about the ill effects of tobacco use, he added.

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