Delhi police to act strictly against those found smoking in railway stations

The Delhi Police will take strict action against those found smoking in railway stations, officials said on Sunday.

Delhi police to act strictly against those found smoking in railway stations
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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police will take strict action against those found smoking in railway stations, officials said on Sunday.

All police officers of seven police stations have been given training on the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), Deputy Commissioner of Police (Railway) Dinesh Kumar Gupta said. 

The training was imparted with the assistance of Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) and Max India Foundation.

Police officers were also administered oath not to consume tobacco, he said. 

According to railway police, challans will be issued under the COTPA if people do not follow the orders and smoke in railway stations.
'No Smoking' signages will be put as per the law at all railway stations as well as railway police stations, the DCP said. 

Officers of New Delhi, Old Delhi, Hazrat Nizamuddin, Anand Vihar, Sabji Mandi, Sarai Rohilla and Delhi Cantonment railway police have been instructed about it.

Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) Project Manager Somil Rastogi said as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2016-17), 12.4 per cent of youths aged 15-24 are tobacco consumers.

"In Delhi, one out of five persons use tobacco and in the capital of India, smoking is the preferred form of using tobacco, whereas in the entire country, chewing tobacco is in maximum use," he said. 

In the last seven years, the average age of tobacco initiation has reduced, Rastogi added.