The Enforcement Squads of North Goa District is enforcing the effective implementation of the illicit drug/Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 in North Goa District for entire North Goa Talukas.
The ICMR has appealed to the general public to refrain from consuming the smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places during the COVID epidemic. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Department Health Research, Govt. of India, in the view of COVID-19, has informed that “Chewing Smokeless Tobacco products, Paan Masala and areca nut (supari) increases the production of saliva followed by a very strong urge to spit, Spitting in public places could enhance the spread of the COVID-19 virus”.
The Enforcement Squads will take action on illicit tobacco products which are in circulation without paying taxes including other sections under COTPA Act, 2003 and also to prohibit the use and spitting of chewing smokeless tobacco products in public places.