Sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of schools, colleges banned
- Stop sale of tobacco products within 100 yards: BMC to schools, collegesThe Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has directed schools and other educational institutions to stop the sale of tobacco and other tobacco products within 100 yards of any educational institutions and also to minors. The civic administration will now take stringent steps to ensure that no tobacco products are sold outside school and college campuses.The BMC has directed that licence of all vendors, hawkers or shopkeepers found selling tobacco products near the vicinity of schools and colleges should be revoked.Mirza Beg, education officer, said, ï¿½A circular has been forwarded to all BMC schools and other private institutes. There will be regular checks by school authorities to ensure that tobacco products are not sold near schools and colleges.ï¿½ The BMC circular also states that all posters and banners advertising tobacco products will be removed or covered.The move comes almost ten years after the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COPTA) was passed. According to the Copta law, no person can sell, offer for sale, or permit sale of cigarette or any other tobacco products to any person who is under 18 years of age, and within 100 yards of any educational institution.While the earlier measure to impose a fine of up to Rs 200 on shopkeepers selling tobacco products near schools was taken lightly by vendors and traders, the directive to revoke their licence is expected to give better result, say officials.A health official from BMC said, that a survey conducted by a city-based NGO last year had revealed that 82 per cent schools have tobacco and other tobacco products selling shops in the radius of 100 yards. Among the 91 city schools surveyed, 75 had 219 tobacco shops in the restricted area.The civic administration is also planning to sensitivise shopowners who sell tobacco products against selling the same to children during the next few weeks, an official said.