Compliance assessment of tobacco vendors of Ahmedabad city to India's Tobacco control legislation

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2016-12-31

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  • Samarth Govil
  • Anurag Dhyani
  • Anjali S Mall

Abstract

Background: Many worldwide strategies and efforts have been made to tackle the menace of tobacco use and related morbidity and mortality. On similar lines, Government of India enacted a law in 2003, Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA, 2003).  Aims & Objectives: To measure compliance to Section 5 & 6(a) of COTPA, 2003. Material & Methods: A cross-sectional survey at 432 Point of Sale (POS) across Ahmedabad city using random sampling technique.  Results: Only 15.3% of the POS had complied with the size of their main display Board (MDB). Around one third (34%) of the shops had displayed the prescribed warning message on their MDB.  More than half (53%) of the shops did not display any tobacco advertisement. The proportion of shops with no backlit/illumination MDBs was 30.3%. None of the POS complied with Section 6(a). More than a quarter of the POS (28%) were partial tobacco vendors. Proportion of mobile tobacco vendors was 22.9%. Conclusion: There has been a gross violation of Sections 5 & 6(a) of COTPA, 2003 across a majority of POS. This kind of laxity in compliance portrays a grim scenario of tobacco control and thus calls for immediate redressal by all the stakeholders involved.

 

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Govil S, Dhyani A, Mall AS. Compliance assessment of tobacco vendors of Ahmedabad city to India’s Tobacco control legislation. Indian J Community Health [Internet]. 2016 Dec. 31 [cited 2022 Nov. 26];28(4):374-7. Available from: https://www.iapsmupuk.org/journal/index.php/IJCH/article/view/707

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