National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) along with City Corporation Panaji (CCP) and Consumer VOICE, organised an awareness program on the dangers of tobacco and e-cigarettes in Panaji, Goa on 29th August 2018. In this meet a media conference was organised where Consumer VOICE appealed to the CCP to introduce vendor licensing in the State, where all outlets selling tobacco products will need to be registered. In a presentation given to the CCP by Consumer Voice COO AshimSanyal, he stressed the need for the regulation by municipal bodies to curb the mushrooming of retail shops selling tobacco products along with toffees and candies. Limiting the sale of tobacco to certain shops will restrict access, especially the children. It will help by reducing number of vendors & retail density (by population or geographic area); Banning sales in specific types of venues (such as general stores, hotels) Limiting sales in specific locations (such as near schools).He said, “Youngsters are being lured towards e-cigarettes by projecting them to be a ‘healthier’ alternative to traditional cigarettes but this is not true. E cigarettes are also harmful as people get addicted to nicotine present in e-cigarettes which has damaging consequences in the long term.”Sanyal told reporters that he has written to chief minister, Manohar Parrikar and health minister, Vishwajit Rane, appealing that they implement vendor licensing and ban e-cigarettes in Goa.” Dr Shekhar Salkar, president of NOTE also said that the only way to ensure that tobacco outlest are not in the vicinity of educational institutions is to introduce vendor licensing.This interaction meet was a curtain raiser to the whole subjects of E Cigarette ban and Vendor Licensing in which local corporators were present besides media people, government representatives.Mayor Shri VitthaldayanandChopdekar, Deputy Mayor Asmita Sandesh Kerkar and the Commissioner Shri AjitRoy ,Dr.ShekharSalker, President NOTE attended the event.
Media Coverage- Press Conference Panaji-Goa 29 August 2018
Times of India
Online & Electronic coverage :
- Times of India- Anti-tobacco body for vendor licensing, ban on e-cigarettes
- O’Heraldo- Ban the E-cigarettes
- Prudent Media (Electronic Channel)