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Rajasthan to make colleges tobacco free by May-end
Government of Rajasthan has decided to make all the govenment and private colleges in the state tobacco free by May 31 this year, reported Rajasthan Patrika. All the college principals have been asked to put up the legal cautionary notice as per the Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution Act (COTPA) on the wall at the entrance of their colleges.

The COTPA does not allow smoking in any public places where non-smokers may be present. It is required of schools and colleges to put up the mandatory board warning against selling or using tobacco products within 100 yards of their premises.

It is also mandatory for all educational institutions to ensure no shops sell tobacco products within 100 yards. A display board must be put up outside the educational institutions declaring the same with May 31 as the deadline by clloges of the state, says the circular of the department of college education of Rajasthan.

According to WHO, the global tobacco epidemic kills nearly 6 million people each year, of which more than 600 000 are non-smokers dying from breathing second-hand smoke. Unless we act, the epidemic will kill more than 8 million people every year by 2030. More than 80% of these preventable deaths will be among people living in low-and middle-income countries.

For World No Tobacco Day 2014, WHO and partners have called on countries to raise taxes on tobacco. The theme of this year's World No Tobacco Day is "Raise taxes on tobacco". 

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