Guwahati News Desk: The Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC) has issued a notification on Friday that tobacco, cigarettes, and other allied products were to be sold by registered vendors in Guwahati.
All the tobacco sellers needed to register themselves with the GMC to procure the licenses to restrict the sale of tobacco products. Unregistered vendors would not able to sell allied products in the city.
The decision was taken in a meeting that took place with the members of State Control Tobacco Cell and the Department of Health and Family Welfare on Friday chaired by the Guwahati Municipal Corporation Commissioner Debashish Sharma.
“Providing licence to the registered vendors will monitor the sale of tobacco in Guwahati as the regulation of excess tobacco products is necessary to save livelihood from a life long suffering causing addictive tobacco products”, said GMC.
According to the sources, in many places within the city near Ababari, Jalukbari area including Khanapara and National Highway 37 many street vendors were seen selling tobacco in a portable manner using a box, stand or using cycle as they run off during patrolling and also illegally covers up the footpath and roads. For such vendors, traffic was also seen as people used to slow down their vehicles just to buy tobacco which leads to unwanted traffic.