It is now mandatory for tobacco sellers in Uttar Pradesh to take a license. The government has taken this decision keeping in mind the growing problem of tobacco and the danger it poses to public health and also ensures effective enforcement of the rules and policies applicable for tobacco control.
According to the government spokesman, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had sent an advisory letter to all the state governments recommending the licensing of tobacco vendors to the municipal corporation. In view of this, this system has been implemented in UP.
According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, 35.5 percent of adults (15 years and above) in Uttar Pradesh use tobacco in some form or the other.
The total direct and indirect cost of disease caused by tobacco use is Rs 182,000 crore, which is about 1.8 percent of the country's GDP.
It has also been decided that under the new system, shopkeepers selling tobacco products will not be able to sell non-tobacco products like toffee, candy, chips, biscuits, soft drinks. This has been done to prevent children from getting attracted to tobacco products.