GUWAHATI: According to a survey by 9th semester BA.LLB (H) Centre for Juridical Studies, Dibrugarh University, 55.87% vendors sell non-smoking tobacco selling products and 62.5% vendors sell smoking tobacco products around the educational institutions in Guwahati. 59.54% vendors around the educational institutions advertise tobacco products and brands. But no person shall, offer for sale, or permit the sale of, cigarette or any other tobacco product to any person who is less than eighteen years of age and in an area within a radius of one hundred yards of any educational institution according to Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. This reveals in a recent sample survey conducted in Guwahati City.
The Students of Centre for Juridical Studies, Dibrugarh conducted a sample survey “Selling of Tobacco products near Educational Institutions in Guwahati” in Guwahati City under the guidance of Consumer Legal Protection Forum from January 22, 2019. The Sample survey covered shops, vendors, mobile vendor, street vendors etc around the 43 educational institutions in 22 wards in Guwahati city. According to the survey report, 87.72% vendors openly display tobacco products to attract the consumers. But this kind of activities is strictly provided under Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act, 2003. There are no pictorial health warning signs displayed in 91.74% vendors who sell tobacco products around the educational institutions.