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‏More than 1000 banned tobacco bags and cigarettes in Sur.. ‏Seizure of chewing tobacco and cigarette boxes inconsistent with the standards and specification

23/02/2017

‏Consumer Protection Sharqiya South recently seized 456 bags of 50 grams each of chewing tobacco and 584 boxes of banned tobacco products, in violation of the decision No: 301/2016 prohibiting trading of chewing tobacco.

 

‏The case started when a citizen reported expatriate manpower selling and distributing chewing tobacco in an apartment building in Sur, and following the permission of the public prosecution, and in coordination with the police force, the team raided the place and apprehended an expatriate worker with large quantities of chewing tobacco. Legal procedures were taken against the violator with a fine of OMR 1,000 and seizure of the violating products, and the case was referred to the public prosecution.

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 No one imagined that greed and deviousness would reach such a staggering level that thought exist only in movies and investigative drama shows , yet it became a stark reality when some merchants sought to make a profit on the account of health and safety of the young and adults alike utilizing the God-given intellect that they posses into destruction and evil instead of serving public good , the devious plan used ( Back to school ) season by carving holes inside books and hiding chewing tobacco inside in away from the inspectors notice targeting the younger generation with these destructive materials that effect the health , mind and safety of our kids .
 The Judicial officers noticed that consumers come very frequently to a specific shop during one of the inspection tours which raised their suspicions to strengthening the monitoring and follow up on that matter , students were spotted in the shop as well , the Officers expediently intervened to inspect the shop , the inspection did not reveal anything at first , however , the officers noticed a stack of books and decided to inspect it , surprisingly , they found more than 600 pouches of chewing tobacco on its way to be sold and distributed on consumers and students , the officers immediately issued a violation and referred the case to the General Prosecution to deal with the matter as per the Law


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