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In a bid to make students more aware of the health hazards associated with tobacco consumption, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has directed all affiliated schools to install display boards on their premises highlighting tobacco’s ill effects.
“Schools are in a uniquely powerful position to play a role in reducing the problem of smoking and other tobacco use by children.The display boards may be put up at the entrance gate beyond the boundary wall, at the reception, cafeteria and other prominent places,” the directive issued by the Board reads.
“It has come to the notice of the Board that some tobacco promotion firms are finding innovative ways to be involved with school children. It was advised that no school affiliated to CBSE is permitted to allow its students to participate in the events sponsored by any firm which promotes the use of tobacco,” the directive adds.
It said schools should not allow any institution using brand name, emblem, insignia, logo… connected with tobacco products to be associated with students.
CBSE may fine schools under a 2003 Act if they failed to display these signs.