21,600 fined for violating smoking ban, Govt vows crackdown

Last Updated: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 00:09

New Delhi: As many as 21,600 people were
fined in the city in the last 14 months for violating the ban
on smoking in public places while around 3,200 errant tobacco
vendors were penalised during the period.

Launching a month-long "no tobacco" campaign, Delhi
Health Minister AK Walia vowed that the government crackdown
against the violators of ban on smoking in public places will
continue.

"During January, 2010 to March 2011, a total of
1,81,000 places were inspected and 21,600 persons and around
3,200 tobacco vendors were penalised," Walia said, expressing
strong resolve to penalise the violators.

Inaugurating the month long "no tobacco" campaign, the
Minister exhorted the citizens to avoid smoking and said
around 3,000 people die everyday due to tobacco habits in
India.

"It causes 10 lakh deaths per year in the country,"
he said.

The campaign has been organised by Bhagidari Jan
Sahyog Samiti in association with Directorate of Health
Services of Delhi government.

Walia said Delhi is a pioneering state to implement
tobacco control legislations.

"We have been implementing provisions of Delhi
Prohibition of Smoking and Non Smoker`s Health Protection Act
1996 and the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003,"
he said.

Both the legislations have provision relating to ban
in smoking in public places, prohibiting sale of tobacco
products to the minors, prohibiting sale of tobacco products
within hundred meter radius of a school and ban on
advertisement of tobacco products.

The government is keen to virtually make Delhi smoke
free with the intention to protect the citizen from the ill
effects of exposure to tobacco smoke, to reduce the prevalence
of smoking and to honour the rights of the citizens to breathe
clean air.

The month-long campaign will include a number of
activities including debating competitions, poster
competitions and a rally.

PTI



First Published: Sunday, May 1, 2011 - 00:09

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