The Municipal Corporation of greater Mumbai has decided to initiate a drive to make areas within 100 meters of school premises smoke free. Lawmakers are finally taking note of the rising incidence of tobacco use among minors. MCGM has decided to initiate a drive to make areas within 100 meters of school premises smoke free. Instructions have been passed to the civic license department to take action against paan-beedi and tobacco vending shops located near schools. The decision was taken after a special meeting called on the issue by education committee chairman Dr Ram Barot. Senior officials from the health, education and license departments had been summoned for the meeting. Barot quoted a 2005 Salaam Bombay survey, which had revealed that 40% of school-going children, aged under 18 years, had consumed tobacco in some form or the other. The survey was carried out on 6,351 students from 19 municipal and private schools. With cameraperson Vinayak Dalvi, Hansraj Kanaujia for NMTV News.
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