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Won't license tobacco sale near schools, colleges: KMC

Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is contemplating not to renew the trade licence of the shops that are selling tobacco products within 100 metres of the premises of educational institutions, said Mala Roy, chairperson of KMC.
She was addressing a gathering to celebrate No Tobacco Day at the Science City auditorium on Thursday afternoon. She regretted that despite the prohibition of selling tobacco products within 100 metres of the premises of educational institutions, the law is flouted often. She said KMC will not issue trade licence to any fresh applicant wanting to set up shop to sell tobacco products within 100 metres of schools and colleges.
Trinamool Congress MP Dr Shantanu Sen said the issue of taking stringent measures against those using tobacco products near schools, colleges or near hospitals will be taken up in the monsoon session of Parliament. The function was organised by Indian Medical Association, Indian Dental Association, Narayana Super Specialty Hospital and Sammandh Health Foundation.
Meanwhile, Medical Bank organised an awareness campaign in front of Sobhabazar-Sutanuti Metro Station. Schoolchildren, along with their parents and teachers, took part in the campaign. The students held placards and posters and wore masks, requesting people to give up smoking.
Leaflets were distributed requesting the smokers to give up the habit. The doctors who were present at the function, requested people not to pick up smoking as it affects our physiological system badly.
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