Welcome move on cigarette shops

It refers to Union Health Ministry on 21.09.2017 writing to states for compulsorily registering shops selling tobacco-products including cigarettes, and not allowing these to sell non-tobacco products. Step will certainly impose an effective check on sale of tobacco products apart from preventing children start smoking as a fashion-status. Presently shops selling cigarettes etc also sell soft drinks and favourite food-packs of interest to children attracting them to cigarettes.

However India needs a total ban on manufacture and sale of cigarettes in India like is there in Bhutan and Ireland. Even family-members of smokers will support such a bold step, because it is the family which suffers from death of persons caused by smoking. Revenue-loss from ban on cigarettes will be more than compensated by funds saved on tobacco-related diseases. If self-regulation is the policy to check human evils, then Union Government should withdraw attempt-to-suicide from Indian Penal Code. Likewise using helmets by scooterists should also be made self-regulatory rather than being forced as compulsory.




Be Part of Quality Journalism

Quality journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce and despite all the hardships we still do it. Our reporters and editors are working overtime in Kashmir and beyond to cover what you care about, break big stories, and expose injustices that can change lives. Today more people are reading Kashmir Observer than ever, but only a handful are paying while advertising revenues are falling fast.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.