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Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana

Pranjl Sharma, Surinderpal Singh, Mahesh Satija, Pushapindra Kaushal, Anurag Chaudhary, Sarit Sharma, Sangeeta Girdhar.

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Background: Tobacco use is one of the major preventable causes of deaths globally. Although India responded early to combat this global problem by implementing Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), there is a need to evaluate its implementation.

Objective: The objective of this study was to assess the compliance and awareness of the tobacco vendors to Section 5 (Point of sale advertisements of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products) and Section 6 (Prohibition on sale to minors and within 100 yards of educational institutes) of COTPA.

Materials and Methods: The present study was a community-based cross-sectional study. All tobacco selling stores located within 100 yards distance from 58 educational institutes in urban Ludhiana were assessed for compliance to Section 5 and 6 provisions of COTPA. The study also assessed awareness regarding COTPA legislation among the tobacco vendors available in these tobacco selling stores. Data were collected using a semi-structured questionnaire. The questions were asked to determine the level of awareness of COTPA among the tobacco vendors.

Results: Around 42.0% of the educational institutes had tobacco stores located within 100 yards and only around 25.0% of educational institutes had mandatory signage prohibiting ban on selling tobacco products displayed outside institutions. Most of the tobacco outlets (77.7%) were permanent, exclusive tobacco sellers (72%) and had displayed the products enabling easy access to minors. Majority (89%) of the vendors knew about an act regarding tobacco products. However, only 19.4% and 25% of vendors were aware of ban on selling tobacco products within the radius of 100 yards of educational institutions and to minors, respectively.

Conclusion: Strict enforcement of the provisions of COTPA around educational institutes to reduce easy access of tobacco products to minors and strengthening awareness generation activities by involving key stakeholders is needed.

Key words: Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act; Compliance; Awareness; Educational Institutes; Punjab


 
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Sharma P, Singh S, Satija M, Kaushal P, Chaudhary A, Sharma S, Girdhar S. Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2019; 8(11): 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019


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Sharma P, Singh S, Satija M, Kaushal P, Chaudhary A, Sharma S, Girdhar S. Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. http://www.ijmsph.com/?mno=49631 [Access: November 12, 2019]. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019


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Sharma P, Singh S, Satija M, Kaushal P, Chaudhary A, Sharma S, Girdhar S. Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. Int J Med Sci Public Health. 2019; 8(11): 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019



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Sharma P, Singh S, Satija M, Kaushal P, Chaudhary A, Sharma S, Girdhar S. Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. Int J Med Sci Public Health. (2019), [cited November 12, 2019]; 8(11): 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019



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Sharma, P., Singh, . S., Satija, . M., Kaushal, . P., Chaudhary, . A., Sharma, . S. & Girdhar, . S. (2019) Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. Int J Med Sci Public Health, 8 (11), 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019



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Sharma, Pranjl, Surinderpal Singh, Mahesh Satija, Pushapindra Kaushal, Anurag Chaudhary, Sarit Sharma, and Sangeeta Girdhar. 2019. Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 8 (11), 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019



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Sharma, Pranjl, Surinderpal Singh, Mahesh Satija, Pushapindra Kaushal, Anurag Chaudhary, Sarit Sharma, and Sangeeta Girdhar. "Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 8 (2019), 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019



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Sharma, Pranjl, Surinderpal Singh, Mahesh Satija, Pushapindra Kaushal, Anurag Chaudhary, Sarit Sharma, and Sangeeta Girdhar. "Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana." International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health 8.11 (2019), 902-905. Print. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019



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Sharma, P., Singh, . S., Satija, . M., Kaushal, . P., Chaudhary, . A., Sharma, . S. & Girdhar, . S. (2019) Compliance and awareness of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act among tobacco sellers in urban Ludhiana. International Journal of Medical Science and Public Health, 8 (11), 902-905. doi:10.5455/ijmsph.2019.0514324052019





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