PCMC and Pimpri Chinchwad Police Lead Initiative Against Tobacco Vendors in Proximity to 72 Educational Institutions

The recent joint action taken by the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation and Pimpri Chinchwad Police against tobacco vendors near 72 schools demonstrates their unwavering commitment to the health and safety of students.

To control the sale of tobacco products near educational institutions, the Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Pimpri Chinchwad Police have launched a decisive crackdown on vendors operating in the vicinity of 72 shortlisted schools. The proactive drive, which took place on July 18, involved the seizure of illicit merchandise and the issuance of notifications to temporary kiosks. Notably, the operation targeted four vendors in the B Zone, while eight vendors in the E Zone faced similar actions, with more zones slated for intervention in the near future.

Surveying School Areas for Enhanced Security

Commissioner of Police, Pimpri Chinchwad, highlighted the meticulous efforts undertaken by the anti-narcotics cell in identifying areas of concern. Based on their survey, 72 schools were shortlisted as potential hotspots for tobacco-related activities. In accordance with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), the authorities wasted no time in taking strict action against those found to be in violation of the law.

A Continuing Pursuit for a Tobacco-Free Environment

“We have zero tolerance towards the trade of tobacco products near school premises,” emphasized by police. The law enforcement agencies are resolute in their commitment to ensuring the safety and well-being of the younger population. Already, the police department has filed 325 cases against offenders this year alone, sending a strong message that selling tobacco products near schools will not be tolerated.

The Role of PCMC: Promoting Health and Safety

Municipal Commissioner of PCMC, underscored the organization’s unwavering dedication to creating a healthier and safer environment for students. The ongoing crackdown on vendors selling tobacco products near school premises reiterates the top priority given to the well-being of the younger generation. PCMC remains committed to enforcing the law and protecting students from potential harm.

Encouraging Active Participation and Reporting

Additional Commissioner of PCMC, called upon citizens to actively engage in the initiative by promptly reporting any instances of tobacco product sales near educational institutions. Collective efforts from the community can amplify the impact of the campaign, ultimately fostering a healthier and safer environment for future generations. The education department seeks to eliminate this menace and provide children with a secure and conducive atmosphere to thrive.

Upholding the Legal Provisions

Under the provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply, and Distribution) Act, 2003, the sale of tobacco products within a 100-meter radius of any educational institution is strictly prohibited. The joint endeavor by PCMC and the Pimpri Chinchwad Police Division aligns with their responsibility to cultivate an environment that safeguards the younger generation from the harmful effects of tobacco, reducing their exposure to such products.

By enforcing the COTPA guidelines and ensuring compliance with legal provisions, PCMC and the police department are actively working towards eliminating the sale of tobacco products near educational institutions. Through continued vigilance and collective efforts, a tobacco-free environment can be established, fostering the well-being and development of the younger generation.

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