In a country where every fifth adult is addicted to gutkha and khaini, while 100 million people smoke cigarettes and bidis, the government has proposed some strict regulations to check the situation.
In a bid to reduce tobacco abuse in India, the Central Government has proposed that shops selling tobacco must register with the local civic authority, and they cannot sell candies and colas to attract non-smokers to their shops.
The Union Health Ministry had recently written to the states to develop a mechanism to provide permission or authorisation through the municipal authority to retail shops selling tobacco products such as cigarette, bidi, chewable gutkha and khaini.
Arun Jha, economic advisor with the ministry said that they can track every single shop selling tobacco products by making them register with the local municipal authority. He also added that selling tobacco products to minors must be tracked and there should be no advertisement of tobacco products.