Blitz Smoking in Goa EDM events


An anti-tobacco vigilante organization has requested the Goa Police to initiate a crackdown on smoking at the two mega Electronic Dance Music (EDM) events later this week.

The National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE), an anti-tobacco federation of 20 non-governmental organisations, has demanded the North Goa Superintendent of Police Priyanka Kashyap for strict execution of the ban on smoking in public places as well as the Cigarette and the Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003.

“Addiction of drugs is through smoking. And, if we strongly implement COTPA 2003, it will help to curb down drug menace which is rising in the state of Goa,” NOTE’s general secretary Shekhar Salkar requested the police in a letter.

The two music festivals like Sunburn and VH1 Supersonic are expected to draw millions of EDM fans from across the country. The festivals will be held at two separate venues this week.

Previously, NOTE had issued legal notices to several Bollywood personalities like Amitabh Bachchan, Shahrukh Khan and Ajay Devgan, for smoking in public places or alleged promotion of smoking as film publicity material.