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Garo Hills admin bans tobacco near educational institutions

Garo Hills admin bans tobacco near educational institutions
July 01
13:46 2019

NET Bureau

In a delayed but a welcome action, the deputy commissioner of West Garo Hills, Ram Singh, though a communiqué has banned all tobacco-related items from being sold near any educational institutions.

The circular by the DC was issued on June 25 and came into force immediately. The order comes after complaints from many quarters of shop keepers selling cigarettes and tobacco products to minors in the markets as well as close to the proximity of educational institutions without hindrance which was in violation of section 6 of the COTP Act, 2003. The Act prohibits the sale of tobacco products to minors.

The DC’s order also highlights other aspects of the Act which state that seizures could be made by police personnel not below the rank of a SI or the State Food and Drug Administration, again holding a similar rank of an SI or above. The seizures can be undertaken on the suspicion of tobacco products being sold to minors.

“The sale of tobacco products close to educational institutions is also in violation of the directions of the SC and influences and normalises consumption of these products in kids leading to addiction in later years,” stated the order by the DC.

The order has prohibited sale of tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards (90 metres) from any educational institution while also asking shop owners to display warning signs of “Sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products to a person below the age of 18 is prohibited and a punishable offence.”

The DC warned that any contravention of the order (Section 6 of the COTP Act) would result in a fine and punishment as per the provisions of the law.

Source: The Assam Tribune

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