Support our endeavor to become every Indian's source of daily inspiring positive news. "During our interviews with vendors of shops selling tobacco products, we found that the placement of cigarettes and other tobacco products is decided by tobacco companies", Gupta said.
"It would also be appropriate to make a condition/provision in the authorization that shops authorized for selling tobacco products, can not sell any non-tobacco products such as toffees, candies, chips, biscuits, soft drinks, etc, which are essentially meant for non-user, especially children", it states further.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the government has written to states to devise a method by way of which these shops are mandated to register and obtain permission from local municipal authorities.
In an effort to curb the consumption of tobacco among students and teenagers, the Union Health Ministry on Thursday asked all the state governments to develop systems under which all tobacco-selling shops would need due authorization from local municipal bodies for selling tobacco products and would be barred from selling other non-tobacco products as such chips, chocolates, soft drinks etc..
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This step has been taken to dissuade minors and young adults from taking tobacco. "The government should be able to identify all cigarette shops running anywhere in the country", Arun Jha, who is the economic advisor with the ministry, told HT. Reportedly, every fifth person in India happens to be a gutkha or khaini addict, while about 10 crore people smoke cigarettes and bidis. Henceforth, the sale of these products will attract punishment as per the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA), column 20.
"Tobacco initiation age in India is about 16 year". Moreover, 40% of cases of cancer are related to smoking.
While activists have been fighting to enforce stringent legal restrictions on tobacco usage for decades now, authorities are working on different ways to curtail the popular habit.
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