The Government of India is planning to raise the tobacco age bar to 25 years so as to curb the increasing use of tobacco as well as its products by the youth. Sources of the Union Health Ministry have said that the Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is already on his way to materialising a plan that will ensure the complete ban the purchase of tobacco and tobacco products by someone who is below the age of 25 years.
Currently, 18-year-olds can be found to buy tobacco products from shops. The Union Health Secretary Lov Verma said that the government is as of now examining the proposal to raise the age bar of using tobacco and tobacco products from 18 yearts to 25 years. He also added that the Center may writer to all the state governments who have the authority to specify the age limits for the sale of tobacco.
While the experts laude the decision saying that it may just help to discourage youngsters from using tobacco products, they also added that the government must ensure that the law is enforced strictly to see how well it has had an impact. Monika Arora of Public Health Foundation also supported the materialisation of the law. She said that some studies have shown that people who have not touched tobacco for up to 21 years of age are highly unlikely to become tobacco users.
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