New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) has declared all polling stations in Delhi, which votes for the Lok Sabha election Thursday, as no-smoking zones, an official release said Wednesday.
Delhi Chief Electoral Officer Vijay Dev has declared all polling stations in the national capital as no-smoking zones and has issued instructions to all district electoral officers-cum-district magistrates to ensure prohibition of smoking at the booths.
The district electoral officers have also been asked to display signs outside informing voters about the booths being no-smoking zones, the release said.
States such as Assam, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan have also declared all polling stations as no-smoking zones.
"We have met all key officials to ensure polling stations in Delhi be made smoke-free and requested them to issue necessary instructions to all concerned to impose a complete ban on smoking inside polling booths," Bhavna Mukhopadhyay, executive director, Voluntary Health Association of India, said.
According to government data, 9.9 percent of Delhi`s population smoke cigarettes, 8.7 percent are bidi smokers and 10.5 percent use smokeless tobacco.