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ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 38-45

Compliance assessment with tobacco control regulations at wheelchair-based tobacco Point of sale in Delhi, India


1 Administrative Assistant, International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease (The Union) South-East Asia Office, New Delhi, India
2 Technical Advisor-Monitoring and Evaluation, Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease (The Union) South-East Asia Office, New Delhi, India
3 Project Officer, Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease (The Union) South-East Asia Office, New Delhi, India
4 Deputy Director, Tobacco Control Department, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), New York, United States
5 Deputy Regional Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis And Lung Disease (The Union) South-East Asia Office, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shivam Kapoor
C6, Qutub Institutional Area, New Delhi - 110 016
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jncd.jncd_76_20

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Background: In India, tobacco products are sold at the outlets/shops following the provisions regulating the point-of-sale (PoS) environment under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA, 2003). Objectives: Given the lack of evidence regarding wheelchair-based tobacco PoSs (WC-PoSs), compliance assessment for Sections 5 and 6 of COTPA was conducted within Delhi. Materials and Methods: Using multistage random sampling in the 11 districts of Delhi, 200 WC-PoSs were identified in May–June 2017. Areas 1 km around each selected landmark were mapped using a map tool, and WC-PoSs were screened using a self-designed study tool (background information and compliance checklist). Descriptive statistics were used to characterize the data using EpiData. Results: Of the 11 districts, 4 were constituted majority of the WC-PoSs: South West (21.5%), West Delhi (20%), North West (17.5%), and North East (11%). The outlet characteristics were government sponsored (36.5%) and mobile outlets (95.5%). Majority of them (94.5%) showed noncompliance toward Section 5 of COTPA. While none of them complied with the display of Section 6(a) signage, only 6% of the outlets were found selling tobacco products within the 100 yards of educational institutes. Conclusions: The sale of tobacco in Delhi at these unique PoSs continues with a lack of compliance with the rules of COTPA. The implications of this noncompliance in the national capital are of major significance for the rest of the country.


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