GUWAHATI (June 1, 2014) :
A small hamlet situated about 50 kms from the Nagaland
capital Kohima has embarked on a novel mission to declare its entire
vicinity a tobacco-free zone.
Coinciding with the observation of World No Tobacco
Day, Gariphema village was declared a tobacco-free village on Saturday.
The Gariphema Village Council is said to have passed
a resolution in 1993 to ban the selling of intoxicating items labelled
as 'Injurious to Health' including alcohol and tobacco products (cigarettes
and smoke-less tobacco). Reaffirming this old resolution, the village
vision cell set the spark to make Gariphema a tobacco-free village
and is now implemented by the village students' body.
A resolution was taken in the village that whoever
sells alcohol and tobacco or whoever gets drunk and disturbs peace
would be imposed a fine of Rs 1,000 while those consuming alcohol,
'bidi', 'paan', betel nut or smokeless tobacco on the street and public
places would be fined Rs 500.
Courtesy: by The Assam Tribune.