On Tuesday, Health Ministry asked State Governments to not allow Cigarette shops to sell anti-tobacco products. State governments are asked to develop a mechanism by which tobacco selling products would need authorization from municipals.
Also, tobacco selling shops should not be allowed to sell non-tobacco products such as candy, chocolates, soft drinks and wafers.
The ministry of Health and Family Welfare said,
“By registering shops selling tobacco, local government bodies will know their locations and can ensure none of the shops are located within close proximity of educational institutes.”
Cigarettes and other tobacco products are prohibited under Act 2003 to sell within 100 yards of any educational institute. Also, selling tobacco products to a person under 18 years of age is an offence.
As per the survey, every 3rd Indian consumes some form of tobacco. As per doctors, 50% cancer cases in India are due to tobacco consumption.
Some studies have proved that non-smokers are exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk of health issues.
Union government has taken an appreciable initiative. It would help to reduce tobacco consumption.
Studies have proved that 50% of people who are addicted to tobacco started before the age of 17 years. In some rare case people start tobacco consumption as adult.
Shops are placing the tobacco products in a same way that it looks as candies and other items in the store.
Somehow, if a person quits tobacco and sometimes enters a store which sells tobacco products, he may be tempted.
Himachal Pradesh has already started registering tobacco shops. It would help lower tobacco consumption.
If the number of shops reduces, we can expect a drop in consumption and initiation of tobacco habit among teenagers and young adults.
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