Islamabad: The online registration of tobacco vendors started in the capital to curb the practice of tobacco selling to the youth below the age of 18 years.
Speaking at a ceremony, Excise and Taxation Director Bilal Azam said the registration of tobacco vendors would also curb the practice of selling smuggled tobacco besides the sale of loose cigarettes and near the premises of educational institutes.
After the registration licenses will be issued to the vendors, he said, adding the vendors will also be asked to submit an affidavit that they will refrain from selling smuggled tobacco, loose cigarettes, near the educational institutes and to below 18 years old. Besides, they will also informed people that smoking is injurious to health.
Under the act, physical inspection of tobacco vendors has been started in the capital, he said. As a result, there was 35 percent reduction in the number of tobacco sale points.
Besides, it will also curb black economy generated from smuggled cigarettes and illegal trade, he added.
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