Udupi, April 15,2017: The Udupi district tobacco control unit with allied departments carried out raids in Kundapur and Karkalataluks and imposed fine on shops and commercial establishments selling tobacco in contravention of COTPA(Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act), 2003. Armed with directions given by additional DC and district health and family welfare officer, officials of the tobacco control unit registered 35 cases under various sections of COTPA in Kundapur taluk and 20 cases in Karkala taluk.
In Kundapur, fine amounting to Rs 6,610 was collected. Under Food Safety Act, the officials carried out raids on 20 shops and seized banned tobacco products and issued notices to 15 shop owners. Five advertisement hoardings in contravention of COTPA were removed. Shop owners were directed to display placards informing people about hazards of consuming tobacco products and also ensure no sale of tobacco within 100 metres of educational institutions.
In Karkala, the officials collected fine amounting to Rs 4,000 and raided 12 shops and establishments. Notices were served to eight shop owners and banned tobacco products were seized. Officials also removed five advertisement hoardings that violated provisions of COTPA.
The raids were also carried out with a view to ensure that Udupi district is adjudged the best district in terms of implementing COTPA on World Anti-Tobacco Day on May 31.