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Targeting South Al Batinah Governorate for 3 months “Silent Deadly Tobacco” Campaign has been launched in Rustaq

01/10/2019

The Consumer Protection Department in Rustaq, in cooperation with the Directorate General of Education, has launched an awareness campaign “Silent Deadly Tobacco” targeting schools in some Wilayats in South Al Batinah Governorate, including Rustaq, Masnaa and Al 'Awabi, which will last three months from October to mid-December 2019.

 

The campaign organization came in order to reduce the spread of chewing among the school students after noting that some students know chewing tobacco and its names and monitoring the circulation of some types among students through lectures previously held by the department.

 

Accordingly, it was decided to implement a campaign for students studying in the first and second cycles, including awareness-raising presentations on the use of chewed tobacco and the consequences of its use, whether at the health, professional or community level, as well as the penalties imposed on those who deal with it for the purpose of sale, promotion or use based on the legal articles contained in the law of consumer protection and decisions related to banning its use. This includes the definition of financial fines punished by anyone who gets involved in the promotion and sale. The campaign also included a mini exhibition that included some types of chewed tobacco withdrawn from the market and explained the damage and how to avoid buying them. 

This come in the framework of cooperation between governmental and service institutions in raising the level of awareness among members of the community, and keen to reduce the negative behaviors that invade the daily lives of young at all levels of age.

 

It is worth mentioning that this campaign comes within the framework of joint cooperation between governmental and service institutions in raising awareness among the community members.

 

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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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