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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 213-216

Compliance to tobacco-free guidelines (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act) in medical institute of North India

1 Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital, Chandigarh, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital; Mental Health Institute; Joint Director, GRIID; Chandigarh Mental Health Authority; State Resource Centre; State Nodal Agency Centre, Chandigarh, India

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Dr. Nitasha Sharma
Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College and Hospital Sector-32, Chandigarh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_87_17

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Background: The study aimed to investigate the compliance to prohibition of smoking (under Section 4 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act [COTPA]) and other provisions under COTPA in a medical college situated in Chandigarh, the first smoke-free city of the country. Methods: It was a cross-sectional survey conducted at 57 sites within the medical institute. The data were collected using the structured compliance monitoring tool based on the COTPA guidelines. Results: “No active smoking” was seen at 75% of sites and there was display of signage at 28% of sites. There was the absence of cigarette butts, used matchsticks, gutkha wrappers, etc., in corners which are the secondary indicators of smoking at 70% of all sites surveyed. Conclusion: The study highlights the various loop holes in successful enforcement of COTPA. The study highlights the need to sensitize the administration on COTPA implementation with the development of well-established coordinating systems, wide publicity, and empowering reporting officers to compound offence and impound fine.

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