Khordha Police committed to implement COTPA effectively
The Khordha Police of Odisha to tackle the increasing tobacco menace have decided to start implementation of Cigarette and Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) effectively.
In this regard, the Police officers of Khordhadistrict were sensitised about COTPA through a training programme on 28th January 2020.
RadhaBinodPanigrahi, Superintendent of Police, Khordha organized a training program on COTPA, which was conducted by Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) supported by Alamelu Charitable Foundation (ACF).
Superintendent of Police, Khordha Radha Binod Panigrahi said, We will ensure effective implementation of COTPA in the district. Today’s training by SHF has helped us understand the magnitude of the problem. It is extremely important to prevent youth from such deadly addictions.
It is to be mentioned that the COTPA prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising and promotion, sale to/by minors, and its implementation will help reduce the tobacco menace.
Dr DilipKar, Cancer Surgeon from Kalinga Hospital and Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) Patron said, “I am a cancer surgeon myself and have seen families being destroyed due to tobacco. This all can be prevented as 50% of all cancers and 90% of oral cancers are caused by tobacco.COTPA implementation will definitely help in reducing tobacco menace.”
Odisha has 1.5 crore tobacco users and an estimated 46,000 die every year due to tobacco use. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2016-17, in Odisha 45.6% of the population people (aged 15+) consume tobacco in some or the other form. Of these 7% smoke cigarettes, bidiand 42.9 (1.4 crore) use smokeless tobacco. More than 190children initiate tobacco usage every day.