CAG urges for implementation of tobacco vendor licensing in Haryana

Chandigarh, June 21, 2020: To curb the usage of
tobacco among children and the
younger generation, Chandigarh
based Citizen Awareness Group
(CAG) and Delhi based Consumer
VOICE is urging the government
for implementation of Tobacco Vendor
Licensing in the state of
Haryana on this International
Father’s Day.
CAG aims to spread awareness
about the health hazards of tobacco
and sensitization of various stakeholders
including, municipal officials,
health officials, social
activists, parents and media to support
vendor licensing – which is an
effective tool for tobacco control.
SurinderVerma, Chairman, Citizen
Awareness Group, said “Tobacco
use imposes enormous health and
economic burden on the country.
Tobacco kills people and destroys
families with an additional economic
burden of medical cost. According
to the GATS 2 report, nearly39%
men of Haryana are tobacco
consumers, and 10% are from the
age group of 15-24yrs. Hence it is
necessary to safeguard children
from tobacco and Vendor Licensing
is a way to control the easy accessibility
of tobacco”.
According to Ashim Sanyal, Chief
Operating Officer, Consumer
VOICE, “Vendors sell cigarettes
and bidis via single sticks, making
these products cheap and accessible
to children and youth. Selling of
such products outside educational
institutes gets the younger generation
addicted. This move will surely
curtail the tobacco consumption.”
The Ministry of Health & Family
Welfare and Ministry of Housing
and Urban Poverty Alleviation
issued advisories to all States/UTs/
Urban Local Bodies for ensuring a
licensing mechanism for tobacco
vendors with a restriction on their
sale.

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