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Experts laud new stringent Act against tobacco sale to kids

  • Experts laud new stringent Act against tobacco sale to kids

    Summary: With this Act, India has become the only nation to impose such a harsh penalty for tobacco sale to and by minors. The Act recognises the harmful effects of tobacco and tobacco industry's sinister design to specifically target vulnerable children. Dr PC Gupta of Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai, said, "Everyone in this world, including the tobacco industry, agrees that tobacco products are not meant for children. Health experts working on an anti-tobacco campaign in Mumbai have welcomed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, of the ministry of women and child development, which imposes a harsh penalty on the sale of tobacco to minors. As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, the age of initiation to tobacco in India is 17 years and up to 20% of children in India are users.

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    "The new Act will save our future generations from this lethal habit. It is proven beyond doubt that tobacco kills every third user prematurely through cancer, heart disease and stroke," Chaturvedi added. Health experts working on an anti-tobacco campaign in Mumbai have welcomed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, of the ministry of women and child development, which imposes a harsh penalty on the sale of tobacco to minors. The Act came into force on Friday. Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, professor and surgeon at Tata Memorial Hospital, said, "The earlier law, Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, failed miserably to stop the sale of such products to minors because the fine imposed was only Rs200.

    The ministry should get a pat on its back for this move that is already being seen as a game changer in the national and international tobacco control community. With this Act, India has become the only nation to impose such a harsh penalty for tobacco sale to and by minors." He said that nearly 27.5 crore Indians are using tobacco and a vast majority of them pick up the habit in their childhood. As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, the age of initiation to tobacco in India is 17 years and up to 20% of children in India are users.

    Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report-experts-laud-new-stringent-act-against-tobacco-sale-to-kids-2166313


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