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Indian Pediatrics

, Volume 56, Issue 10, pp 837–840 | Cite as

Creation of a Smoke-free Environment for Children: An Assessment of Compliance to COTPA 2003 Legislation in an Urban Area

  • Ankit Chaudhary
  • Anita Thakur
  • Tripti Chauhan
  • Anjali MahajanEmail author
  • Vijay Kumar Barwal
  • Shaina Chamotra
  • Baljeet Singh
Research Paper

Abstract

Objective

To ascertain the compliance to Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 which ensures the protection of children from the adverse health effects of second hand smoke.

Methods

This cross-sectional study assessed the compliance of 32 educational institutions and 157 points of sale of Shimla city.

Results

About 88% of the educational institutions and mere 7.6% points of sale were found having good compliance to the key indicators. No point of sale was found within the premises of educational institutions; however, 26% were found selling tobacco products within 100 metres radius of an educational institution. 7.6% points of sale were found selling a tobacco product to children.

Conclusion

Despite having the status of a smoke-free city, lapses were observed in compliance to the Act. Strict adherence to the provisions of the Act would ultimately lead to a smoke-free environment for our children.

Keywords

Law Second-hand smoke Tobacco 

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Notes

Funding: None; Competing interest: None stated.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ankit Chaudhary
    • 1
  • Anita Thakur
    • 1
  • Tripti Chauhan
    • 1
  • Anjali Mahajan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Vijay Kumar Barwal
    • 1
  • Shaina Chamotra
    • 2
  • Baljeet Singh
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Community MedicineIndira Gandhi Medical CollegeShimlaIndia
  2. 2.Department of Obstetrics and GynaecologyIndira Gandhi Medical CollegeShimlaIndia

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