Health Ministry proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes, steep hike in fine


Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday proposed a ban on sale of loose cigarettes (as single sticks) and raising the fine for smoking in public places from Rs 200 to Rs 1000.

The Ministry has also proposed to raise the minimum legal age for consumption of tobacco products to 21 years from the current 18 years.

The move is in line with the World Health Organisation (WHO)'s framework convention on tobacco control which states that countries “shall endeavour” to prohibit such sales as it makes them more affordable for minors. India is a signatory to the convention.

(With Agency inputs)

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