Want to sell tobacco? Get licence: Health ministry
Union ministry of health has issued an advisory to all states for the same. The advisory has been issued to the chief secretary of Rajasthan on September 22 through speed post.jaipur Updated: Sep 27, 2017 19:24 IST
Now all vendors selling tobacco products in Rajasthan will have to take a licence. Union ministry of health has issued an advisory to all states for the same. The advisory has been issued to the chief secretary of Rajasthan on September 22 through the speed post.
Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) campaign state patron Dr Pawan Singhal said that Arun Kumar Jha economic adviser with the ministry has written a letter to chief secretary Ashok Jain of Rajasthan and has suggested that they develop a mechanism to provide permission/authorisation through the municipal authority to retail shops who are selling tobacco products.
He said Jha has also put a condition that authorised shops selling tobacco products cannot sell any non-tobacco products such as toffee, candy, chips, biscuits, soft drinks etc, which are essentially meant for children.
“In case authorised tobacco vendors are found selling candies, chocolates and biscuits their licence might get cancelled,” said Dr Singhal.
He said at present shopkeepers intentionally keep products which lure children and it exposes them to tobacco and some of them tend to start using it. The licence will also stop the mushrooming of shops selling tobacco products. A few tobacco manufacturing companies also make biscuits, wafers, chocolates etc and many of the vendors store cigarettes along with such products popular among kids. “This order is a big blow to the marketing tactics of most tobacco companies from targeting children,” he added.
VoTV state patron said that with licence to tobacco products, vendors will force them to follow the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA). At present, tobacco products are sold after setting up temporary shops on the footpath and with licence, such shops will come to an end.
The positive step will help in saving future generations, he added.