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The Tobacco Awareness Campaign continues its efforts in Al Batinah South


The Consumer Protection Department of Al Batinah South Governorate in Rustaq continues to implement its awareness campaign “Silent Tobacco Killer” for schools in the Wilayat governorates, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Education in Al Batinah South. The first and second cycles were targeted at the students' class, during which more than 33 lectures out of 38 schools were selected from the schools of Rustaq, Al-Masna'a and Al-Awabi.



The campaign included lectures and awareness presentations to introduce non-smoked chewing tobacco and the effects of its use, whether at the health, professional or community level, as well as penalties for those who deal with it for the purpose of sale, promotion or use based on the legal articles contained in the Consumer Protection Law and the decisions related to banning its use. It also included a miniature exhibition of some types of chewed (non-smoked) tobacco drawn from the market, explaining its damages and how to avoid buying them.


It is worth mentioning that this campaign has had the effect of changing students' minds, limiting the circulation of these materials, communicating the idea of the negative impact of tobacco on health and warning of the negative effects on the health of the mouth, gums and tongue and the seriousness of its complications in the long run. It also played a role in measuring the impact of these materials on community members, and the repercussions of its impact on the level of the government sector and the health sector. In addition, the campaign contributed in exerting efforts to some other sectors in the fight against those who are involved in manufacturing, selling or circulating in order to promote a healthy society free of diseases and pests.



 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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