Making ”Smoking Ban” more effective

A few days earlier a Post was shared on Global strategy for curbing use of tobacco products. Ban on public smoking is one major component of this strategy. In this post we share how this legal recourse is panning out in Delhi. It may be noted that the Courts are taking active interest in enforcing this ban.

In an affidavit in a PIL (filed by NGO World Lung Foundation’s South Asia chapter) Delhi Govt stated that more than 16000 persons were fined  during 2010 for smoking in public places, this was more than three times compared to 2007 when around 5900 were fined. These persons paid fines to the tune of Rs 36.7 lakh.

Delhi Govt also prosecuted 2700 vendors for selling tobacco, etc. within 100 meters of a school, college.

The Govt. also informed that to make the ban more effective, schools and colleges have been asked to appoint nodal officers to enforce the ban.

One can understand that the task of implementing a smoking ban is gigantic, perhaps a more rigorous awareness campaign against smoking in public and effect of indirect smoke inhalation would be more appropriate.

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