Three MP villages become tobacco free

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Indore, July 29 (UNI) As a part of a drive under the National Tobacco Control Programme to eradicate the menace of tobacco from Khandwa and Gwalior districts in Madhya Pradesh, three villages in Khandwa district have been made tobacco-free.

''Several efforts are being taken up to spread awareness about ills of tobacco. These include organising workshops and seminars,'' State Tobacco Control Cell Coordinator B M Shrivastava told reporters here.

The success of Chinchgohan, Dugwada and Roshia villages could be gauged from the fact that no tobacco product is either sold or consumed here. These villages have a total population of 10,000.

Anti-tobacco campaigns are carried out at weekly markets and religious programmes.

He admitted that tobacco consumption could not be controlled without public cooperation despite stringent laws. He expressed happiness that people were coming forward for controlling tobacco.

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