Shimla, June 14: Shimla district was today declared as smoke-free under the Tobacco Control Act of 2003.
Announcing the state capital of Himachal Pradesh as smoke free at a function organised here by by HP Voluntary Health Association and district administration, Deputy Commissioner Dinesh Malhotra said a survey was conducted on scientific methodology by IGMC Shimla on five indicators and the report by the agency indicated 92.17 per cent compliance of these indicators.
The compliance was 89.64 per cent in rural areas and 96. 65 per cent in urban areas. Medical Superintendent, IGMC hospital Shimla, Dr. Ramesh said the compliance report of the survey was based on findings on active smoking in public and work places, availability of ash trays and lighters, butts of cigarettes, smell of cigarettes smoking and warning Signage.
Medical officer Health Shimla Dr. Mahesh Jaswal said cigarette smoke contained 4000 different toxic chemicals harmful to human health. Sriniwas Joshi of HPVHA said 16 per cent in the age group of 15 to 17 years and 21 per cent in the age group 18 to 19 were smokers in Himachal Pradesh, signifying the need for more creating more awareness among college and university- going students.