Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan appeals for Tobacco Free School & Colleges
VoTV patrons met Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on 28th November, 2011 and shared with him the grim scenario of tobacco usage and related illnesses in Maharashtra. Dr Rajendra A Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Hospital urged the Chief Minister to act against the rampant violation of Section 6 of COTPA (prohibition of sale to Minors and within 100 yards of educational institutions). Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi and Ms Devika Chadha expressed their views on this serious public health problem.
At the end of the meeting, Honble CM expressed full unconditional support for a tobacco free Maharashtra. He also issued a strongly worded appeal letter to make the educational institutions of Maharashtra tobacco free. Mr Satej Patil, Honble FDA Minister had already issued such an appeal on 14th November while launching this campaign.