Udupi district will launch pilot project on tobacco-free flats | Mangaluru News


UDUPI: In an attempt to have tobacco-free housing complexes, the state government has decided to launch a pilot project in the Udupi district where residents will be self-motivated to stop the use of tobacco products in apartments.
The aim is to provide a healthy environment by putting an end to tobacco consumption such as khaini, gutkha, betel quid with tobacco, zarda, cigarette and beedi in an apartment complex.
As part of the implementation of the project, a survey of the existing residents in an apartment will be undertaken including the listing of smokers and tobacco users. They will be sensitised on making their homes tobacco-free. Since many migrant families, students and employees live in Udupi-Manipal, there is a high demand for residential apartments.
However so far, no tobacco and smoking-free activities have been taken up. A pilot project to convert the residential complexes into tobacco-free complexes will be taken up and if successful, it will be extended across the State. The project will be implemented by the Udupi District surveillance unit and the survey work will soon be carried out.
At present, smoking is prohibited in public places, and making residential complexes tobacco free can create a healthy environment for the residents, and there are possibilities that the public may demand tobacco-free complexes in the future, an official said.
In Udupi district, Kodibengre village has already been declared a tobacco-free village and work is underway to make the villages of Renjala of Karkala and Korgi of Kundapur tobacco-free. Necessary steps have been taken to declare all the government offices in the district as tobacco-free offices. District surveillance officer Dr Nagaratna said the project has been planned and discussed with deputy commissioner Kurma Rao M.





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