The National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC)
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The National Tobacco Control Cell (NTCC) at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) is responsible for overall policy formulation, planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the different activities envisaged under the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP). The National Cell functions under the direct guidance and supervision of the programme in-charge from the MoHFW i.e. Joint Secretary/Director. The technical assistance is provided by the identified officers in the Directorate General of Health Services i.e. Deputy Director General (DDG)/ Chief Medical Officer (CMO). The NTCC is supported by Consultants in specific areas of tobacco control like Policy, National Coordination, Legal, IEC etc. National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) has aim to
- Create awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption,
- Reduce the production and supply of tobacco products,
- Ensure effective implementation of the provisions under “The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003” (COTPA)
- Help the people quit tobacco use, and
- Facilitate implementation of strategies for prevention and control of tobacco advocated by WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control.
National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) started in the state of Jammu and Kashmir late at the end of year 2016 in month of December in Kashmir Division. During this quarter following achievements have been made:
- State Cell has been established at Divisional Level under Directorate of health Services Kashmir.
- District Tobacco Control Cells in two districts of the Division has been established viz Budgam and Leh.
- Two functional Tobacco Cessation Centres in DH Budgam and DH Leh district.
- Capacity building training for Chief Medical Officers, Medical Superintendents, Medical Officers, Block Medical Officers, Counsellors, Pharmacists, Nurses, Asha and FMHW workers has been conducted in separate batches at divisional Level and also at district levels.
- Various school programs have been organized to aware the youth about Tobacco Use and its health hazards.
- All Heads of the Health department in the Kashmir Division have received Challan books and Signage’s for enforcement of COTPA-2003
- Challan mechanism has been also initiated, wherein various districts have acted on violations under sec 4 of COTPA-2003.