Guwahati, Feb 11 : A blatant violation of laws banning sale of tobacco products near educational institutions has been reported in a survey conducted in the capital town by Consumer Legal Protection Forum.
Sharing the details of the survey today, the Forum said 55.87% vendors sell non-smoking tobacco products and 62.5% vendors sell smoking tobacco products around the educational institutions in Guwahati.
Moreover, 59.54% vendors around the educational institutions advertise tobacco products and brands.
These are in direct violation of the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, which states that no person shall, offer for sale, or permit sale of, cigarette or any other tobacco product to any person who is less than 18 years of age and in an area within a radius of one hundred yards of any educational institution, the Forum pointed.
As per the findings of the sample survey conducted in the last part of January this year, there are no pictorial health warning signs displayed in 91.74% vendors who sell tobacco products around the educational institutions, though such pictorial health warning signs are mandatory.
Further, 64% of vendors sell candy and chips with tobacco products.
The Assam government was issued advisory by the Ministry of Health and Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, Government of India, to devise mechanism to start vendor licensing of tobacco shops to ensure that shops dealing with tobacco products cannot sell candy or chips, which attract young consumers, the Forum said.
However, the state government is yet to devise any such licensing mechanism, it added. (UNI)