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Stall fined Rs1k for selling cigarettes at exhibition

Stall fined Rs1k for selling cigarettes at exhibition

According to the officials, the case will be filed with the court under section 4 & 5 of COTPA for the necessary action

The Delhi Tobacco Authority fined the stall when it was found selling cigarettes at an exhibition (DNA)

The Delhi State Tobacco Control Society conducted an awareness cum enforcement drive at the International Arogya 2017 Exhibition on Tuesday. It also issued a fine of Rs 1,000 to a stall which was selling cigarettes claiming it to be herbal in nature.

“The counter had not displayed the mandatory display board mentioning that sale of cigarettes and other tobacco is prohibited to minors below the age of 18 years. A fine of Rs 1,000 was issued but they refused to pay the challan and refused to sign and accept the challan as well. The matter was brought to the notice of the organiser of the exhibition-FICCI,” said Dr SK Arora, Additional Director (Health), Delhi government.

The stall owners refused to submit the relevant papers as well as the samples for the analysis. According to the officials, the case will be filed with the court under section 4 & 5 of COTPA for the necessary action.

“It is worth mentioning that even if these are herbal but tar is produced and Carbon monoxide & other toxic gases are also released which are harmful. Second hand smoking with harmful effects does occur, therefore it needs regulation,” said Dr Arora.

The Tobacco Control Cell on Monday issued the notice to the cricket association on December 2 for violating provisions under section five of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), which prohibits direct and indirect advertisements of tobacco products. It also sought to know why appropriate punitive action would not be initiated against the directors and office bearers of the DDCA as per the provisions under COTPA.

According to the notice, any wrong communication and promotion on the part of celebrities, especially cricket stars, will have disastrous impact on the society including youngsters. The Health Department had in 2016 written to Bollywood actors Shah Rukh Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Govinda, Arbaaz Khan and Sunny Leone along with Ajay Devgn, urging them not to endorse pan masala products as they contain areca nuts, a potential cancer causing agent.

The Delhi government has also asked actors to join its campaign.

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