Agartala, May 31: The anti-tobacco movement has demanded action against smoking, consumption of non-smoking tobacco and liquor use in Tripura.
While observing Anti Tobacco Day on Friday the leading Oncologist of Northeast and an anti-drug crusader Dr Arup Roybarman stated that the action against drugs and cannabis initiated by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar was well appreciated but Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 has been flouted.
He said Tripura has close to a hundred foreign liquor shops across the state and since there is no prohibition on drinking, no practice of quality check and no designated place or regulation on drinking people are consuming liquor here and there even in the hospitals.
According to law, sale of tobacco products are prohibited within hundred yards of educational institutions but nobody cares it.
He further stated that Tripura becomes one of the three states having highest tobacco related cancer incidents, which estimated 55 percent among the male and 25 percent among female. Similarly, more than 90 percent alcoholic liver cases are reported in Tripura due to rampant use of non-standard and uncontrolled consumption of liquor.
Besides, Tripura health department and a number of non-government organisations have observed the day.