Directorate of Health Services Kashmir on Wednesday in collaboration with Civil Administration held massive enforcement drive across Kashmir valley and fined COTPA violators.
In a statement issued to Asian News Hub (ANH), a spokesman said that the drive was conducted as per circular instructions issued by Directorate of Health Services Kashmir on the instructions of Secretary Health and Medical Education, Shri Bhupinder Kumar.
During the enforcement drive, besides imposing fines on violators as per the COTPA law, people were also counselled against tobacco use and awareness was given about ill effects of smoking.
During the drives scores of people were fined on the spot and thousands of rupees was also fined from them. They were encouraged to avoid cigarettes and other tobacco products.
Partinently, the Directorate of Health Services on 31 May celebrated World No Tobacco Day in Srinagar, which was attended by top health dignitaries and various other stakeholders besides large number of people and NGO.
During the celebrations, the Secretary Health had directed for effective implementation of COTPA act in Jammu and Kashmir, the spokesman added.