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Selling cigarettes to underage boys and girls in Islamabad to face fine, license cancelation

ISLAMABAD: Selling cigarettes to underage persons will cause license cancellation besides a penalty up to Rs100,000, Deputy Commissioner of federal capital Hamza Shafqaat announced Saturday.

A statement issued from the DC Islamabad stated that ‘We have started online registration of tobacco vendors and anyone found violating the rule will now be fined and even get their license cancelled’.

Director Excise Bilal Azam while speaking at the launching ceremony of ‘Online Tobacco vendors registration system’ said the penalty in case of violation can be from Rs1,000 to Rs100,000, moreover the administration also holds the right to cancel the registration of the vendors.

Azam further highlighted that no tobacco selling point will be allowed near any educational institutions while no shop will be allowed to sell loose cigarettes. The vendors in the federal capital will be bound to submit the affidavit which mentioned the imprisonment and liable to pay a fine in case of violation.

The incumbent government launched the ‘Islamabad model city project’ initiative which aims to create awareness about the deadly hazards of tobacco usage in the masses.

According to the Pakistan Tobacco Control Cell, tobacco consumption in all forms leads to around more than 100,000 deaths each year, translating to nearly 300 deaths every day. The number of smokers across the globe has soared to around 1.10 billion and over eight million people died because of smoking. in the year 2019, a report of International media cited.

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