The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) recently issued a notice to all affiliated schools, advising them to proactively address the use of smoking devices. This action came after an instruction from the law branch of the school education department on February 28, which was prompted by a communication from the Ministry of Education in December. The notice from the Higher Secondary Council serves as a reinforcement of regulations concerning the use of smoking devices for all schools under its purview. Additionally, the directive emphasises that Heads of Institutions (HOIs) should take strong measures to halt the sale of these harmful items from stationery shops located near schools or any educational institution. "All HOIs are advised to take necessary action against the use of any kind of smoking gadgets like E-Cigarettes or Electronic Cigarettes on school premises, and they are further advised strictly to stop selling these kinds of harmful items from stationery shops near school or any educational institute," read the official notice.