PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government has imposed a blanket ban on smoking and naswar — the powdered tobacco snuff — in all universities and colleges of the province.
The higher education department, on the directives of the provincial government, has ordered strict action against all those students and administration officials found violating the rules.
The decision was taken in light of the K-P Assembly deputy speaker’s directives, said a notification sent to all universities and colleges of the province on Tuesday.
Besides cigarettes and naswar, use of other drugs including marijuana and ice is prevalent in the educational institutions across the country.
Earlier this year, the sale of cigarettes and naswar to underaged consumers was banned in Mohmand tribal district. The political administration had banned the sale of cigarettes and naswar to the youth younger than 20-years-of-age. It warned that if anyone was found selling the substances to underaged people in the tribal area, they will be imprisoned.