The state of Punjab which is already dealing with drug menace, took a great step yesterday by putting a complete ban on the sale of loose tobacco items in the state. This decision was taken by the government of Punjab as there is no warning sign carried on the loose items. Every tobacco item that is sold in the market should contain a pictorial warning saying “It is injurious to health”. This has also been mentioned under section 7 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA 2003).
Taking a strict action on the ban, an official said that all deputy commissioners of different districts have been directed to ensure that no loose tobacco item is sold in Punjab. Police will keep a check on such activities around schools and colleges and make sure that no tobacco shop or temporary stall comes up within a distance of 100 yards from the educational premises.
According to the ban, a person will not be able to buy a single cigarette stick or any other loose tobacco item. Any shop owner found to be selling such products in a loose form will be dealt with strictly.
Liquid nicotine which is now becoming popular in the World has already been declared as illegal in India.
Source: Indian Express