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Sur: Awareness lecture titled (Dangers and Hazards of Chewing Tobacco) for school students

26/09/2017

Consumer Protection Department in Sur has recently organized an awareness lecture titled (Dangers and Hazards of Smokeless Chewing Tobacco).

 

The lecture targeted students from Bal-Arab Bin Hameer School for basic education for boys and Sultan Bin Murshid School for basic education for boys, in order to limit the spread of chewing tobacco among school students.  
The lecture was presented by Ahmed Al-Mukhaini, a legal researcher at the department, and Abdullah Al-Mughairifi from the awareness and medial sector at the department. They covered many aspects such as: introduction about tobacco and the toxins it contains, types of tobacco such as smokeless chewing tobacco, as well as, the economic, psychological and physical damages caused by the use of tobacco. The lecturers also covered the diseases that might be caused by tobacco and displayed photos of patients suffering from serious diseases as a result of using chewing tobacco and, further, explained PACP’s role in this regard such as pulling large quantities of the smokeless chewing tobacco and, cigarettes that do not comply with the standards and specification off the markets. They also explained PACP’s decision in banning the sale of smokeless chewing tobacco and, holding the violators of the Consumer Protection Law and the penalties it contains accountable. PACP’s awareness publications regarding tobacco were distributed to the audience.   
 This lecture is a part of a series of lectures by PACP for the school students to raise their awareness of the harms of the chewing tobacco on their health and to limit the spread of that type of tobacco.

 

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CONSUMER LINE

 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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