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Nepal Police set to drive against tobacco around hospital area

KATHMANDU: Nepal Police is all set to begin its drive against smokers, sellers and distributors of tobacco products for controlling the consumption and sale of tobacco items in around 100 meters of hospital areas in Kathmandu from May 12.
“We will be deploying our squad to control smoking, selling and distribution of all types of tobacco products in around 100 meters of the government hospitals in Kathmandu,” Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Hobindra Bogati, said.
In the first phase of the campaign will begin in 10 government hospital premises and 100 metres away from the hospital premises, he said.
The campaign will be launched in coordination with the Kathmandu Metropolitan City, he said.
“Smoking cigarettes and chewing nuts and its selling and distribution will be brought under control inside and 100 metres outside of the hospital premises from May 12,” he said.
Smoking was strictly prohibited in the 10 government hospitals like TU Teaching Hospital, Civil Hospital, Kanti Children Hospital, Thapathali Maternity Hospital, Sukraraj Tropical Centre, Teku, Kirtipur Hospital (an Inter-burns training center), Nepal Police Hospital, Nepali Army, and Shahid Gangalal National Heart Center.
Tobacco Products (Control and Regulation) Act-2010 prohibits the selling, smoking, and distribution of all tobacco related products inside the hospital area and 100 metres away from the hospital areas. If caught, people will be fined Rs. 100 as provisioned in the law, said DSP Bogati.
The fine collected from the wrong doers will be deposited in the Nepal government’s coffers.
The program is expected to be effective this time as the Nepal Police will deploy its personnel under the Community-Police Partnership program.

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