NO SMOKING in public places from today
The total ban on smoking in public places comes into effect from today. The Union Health Ministry issued a notification for the ban under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution), Act 2003.
Salient features of NO SMKING act
(1) The Central notification bans smoking in public places from October 2.
(2) Auditoriums, hospital buildings, health institutions, amusement centres, restaurants, hotels, public offices, court buildings, educational institutions, libraries, public conveyance, open auditoriums, stadiums, railway stations, bus stops, workplaces, shopping malls, cinema halls, refreshment rooms, discotheques, coffee houses, pubs, bars, airport lounges have been notified as public places.
(3) Owners and managers of public places should ensure that people don’t smoke and can impose fines on those who violate the rule.
(4) Separate ventilated enclosures can be provided in hotels, restaurants and airports for smokers.
(5) Advertisements of tobacco products will br restricted
(6) Those that are caught smoking will have to pay a fine of Rs 200.