Kaul Singh said the process of drafting a comprehensive legislation that conforms to the recommendation and provisions of Article 5.3 of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is under way. Singh said the state was declared smoke-free in July 2013 and now efforts are being made to make it the first fully-compliant state to all provisions of tobacco control laws.
Quoting the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2009-10), the minister said the state has the highest age of initiation (nearly 21 years). He said the government is making all-out efforts to implement National Tobacco Control Programme launched by the central government.
"Our focus now is to protect the non-smokers from the harms of tobacco smoke," he added.