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“Tobacco Silent Killer” continues its awareness activities in Al-Batinah South


The Department of Consumer Protection in Al-Batinah South Governorate in Rustaq continues its awareness lectures on schools within its scope as part of the activities of the campaign “Tobacco Silent Killer” according to the awareness plan prepared for the target groups of youth and students of public schools.



Two awareness lectures were held at Imam Nasser bin Murshid Basic Education School for Boys (Grades 12-10) and Othman Bin Mazghoon Basic Education School for Grades (12-5). The lectures were given by Saud Al Hamrashdi, Head of Markets Regulation and Control and Abdullah Al Saadi, Commercial Shops Inspector. It includes the definition of non-smoked chewed tobacco and the consequences of its use, whether at the health, professional or community level, as well as the 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 addressed the definition of financial fines punished by anyone who begged himself to promote and sell. The lectures were accompanied by a mini exhibition which included some types of chewed tobacco (non-smoked) withdrawn from the market and explain the damage and how to avoid buying them.


It is worth mentioning that the campaign started from the beginning of October and continues its awareness activities until mid-December 2019.



 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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