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Police to report violations of anti-tobacco law, sale to minors

  • Police to report violations of anti-tobacco law, sale to minors

    Summary: With children being easy targets to the appeal of tobacco products, all police stations will now be instructed to monitor and report violations of anti-tobacco law and sale of these products to minors. We have the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, (COTPA) and the Juvenile Justice Act. Experts say that adolescents are most vulnerable to start tobacco use; most adult tobacco users start the habit in childhood or adolescence. We need stricter measures to stop their sale,” Dr. Patil said. Dr. Patil also plans to start a helpline where people can anonymously report unauthorised sale and consumption of tobacco in restricted areas.

    With children being easy targets to the appeal of tobacco products, all police stations will now be instructed to monitor and report violations of anti-tobacco law and sale of these products to minors. Minister of State for Home and Urban Development Ranjit Patil made the assurance on Tuesday, celebrated as Children’s Day. “There are many laws in Maharashtra to prevent children from consuming tobacco in any form. We have the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, (COTPA) and the Juvenile Justice Act , As Reported By Hindu.

    According to the Newspaper,Both these laws will be implemented strictly by the police to ensure a safe future for the children,” Dr. Patil said at a programme organised by the Tata Memorial Hospital and Sambandh Health Foundation. “We will hold a meeting with all police officers, where they will be guided on the process of tobacco control. A review on the progress made under COTPA will also be taken,” said Dr.

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