Herald: Govt urged to ban e-cigarettes

Govt urged to ban e-cigarettes

02 Jun 2019 06:09am IST

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02 Jun 2019 06:09am IST

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PANJIM: On ‘World No Tobacco Day’, doctors, NGO and citizens urged Government of Goa to ban e-cigarettes in the State with immediate effect to protect public health.

National Organisation of Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) Goa, Consumer VOICE -- a New Delhi based non-profit organisation working on tobacco control issues in the State and Manipal Hospitals, Goa organised a conference to discuss the implementation of government’s policy on mandating licencing for the vendors who sell tobacco products. 

NOTE Chairman Dr Shekhar Salkar informed that the event was focused to spread awareness about the health hazards of tobacco and  sensitisation of various stakeholders including municipal officials, health official, social activists, parents and media to support vendor licensing -- which is an effective tool for tobacco control. 

He said, “World No Tobacco Day 2019 is focusing on the impact tobacco has on the lung health of people worldwide. Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2 (GATS 2) released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) in year 2017 shows 9.7 % per cent of adults in Goa consume tobacco in some form or the other.”

He further said that on February 11 this year, the Department of Urban Development of Goa issued a circular directing all urban local bodies in Goa to develop mechanism to provide permission/ authorisation/ vendor licencing through urban local bodies (ULBs) to retail shops selling tobacco products with restriction on sale on non-tobacco products as candies, chips, soft drinks etc. 

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