The Health Services Department of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has requested the Ministry of Industry to suspend the production, supply, marketing and sale of tobacco products of all tobacco companies and revoke special licenses to deal with the Covid-19 situation. Today, Tuesday (May 18), the joint secretary of the National Tobacco Control Cell under this department.
The Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Eradication) Act, 2016, designed to address public health emergencies and reduce health risks, temporarily banned markets, public gatherings and movement from one place to another within the country to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. But the tobacco companies continue to violate the law on the pretext of receiving instructions from the Ministry of Industry.
Read the full letter here.