Vendor licensing in Tamil Nadu soon

The Public Health Department is planning to introduce tobacco vendor licensing.

“It is at the drafting stage. Shops intending to sell cigarettes should not sell other eatables, particularly those meant for children. Vendor licensing will restrict the sale of cigarettes in such shops,” A. Somasundaram, joint director, Public Health, and nodal officer of the Tobacco Control Cell, Government of Tamil Nadu, said at the release of the study, “Big tobacco: tiny targets”, on Tuesday.

‘Tobacco vendors targeting children’


He added that the licensing would be implemented by the Municipal Administration, while the Department of Health would include it in the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA).

He said the department had collected ₹45 lakh as fine from 25,000 violators under COPTA. There were 7,000 violations in terms of sale of tobacco to minors.

A. Ramakrishnan, designated officer, Food Safety and Drug Administration Department, said any complaints could be registered through WhatsApp at 94440 42322.

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