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.