Health Department Requested Compulsory License for Tobacco Sellers [ Current Affairs ]


Proposal, The health department has made proposal to the Rajasthan government for making compulsory licences for all vendors to sell tobacco products in Rajasthan to Control COTPA destructions for the effective implementation of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).

  • The main aim of Health department is to keep a tight vigil on tobacco vendors
  • At the current time the health department does not have any data about the number of tobacco products selling vendors in the state.
  • The department also planned for online obligation of penalties on violators.
  • Currently more than 30, 000 people have been penalized by the government for COTPA violations.
  • In 2013 State Institute of Health and Family Welfare has constructed a survey which measured enforcement of pro visions of the Act like prohibition of smoking in public places, prohibition of advertisement, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco pro ducts, prohibition of sale of tobacco products to minors, prohibition of sale of tobacco products near educational institutions and display of pictorial health warning on tobacco pro duct packets and that survey shows the implementation of COTPA was below 80%.
  • After some time Health department will conduct second phase of a survey to check how effectively COTPA has been implemented in the city.

About COTPA:

  • The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 or COTPA is an Act of Parliament of India passed in 2003 to ban commercial tobacco business in India.
  • All tobacco products such as cigarettes, gutka, panmasala (containing tobacco), cigar, cheroot, Beedi, Snuff, chewing tobacco, hookah, tooth powder containing tobacco was banned by this act.

- Published on: May 31, 2016