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Smoking ban to be enforced from Oct 2: Ramadoss

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Posted online:2008-05-31 19:28:05+05:30
Updated:2008-05-31 19:28:05+05:30

Chennai, May 31:The Centre would strictly enforce the ban on smoking in public places from October 2, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss said.

"An Act on no smoking in public places has been brought out by the Centre two-and-a-half years ago, but it remained only on paper. Now, we have made a modification in the already enforced rule and from October 2, 2008, the modified rule will be enforced strongly across the country," he said at a function, as part of World Tobacco Day being observed on Saturday.

Elaborating on the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act-2003, he said the Government of India has notified revised Rules on the Prohibition of Smoking in Public Places on May 30, 2008.

"As per the revised Rules, smoking is banned in shopping malls, cinema halls, public/private work place, hotels, banquet halls, discotheques, canteen, coffee house, pubs, bars, airport lounge, railway stations", he said.

People can smoke on roads or in their homes but not in any other place, he said.

The impact is more while smoking inside closed environment than in roads or streets, he said.

Ramadoss said 40 per cent of deaths occur in India due to tobacco related diseases while two-third of deaths occur due to smoking, junk foods and usage of drugs.

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Smoking 2008-12-12 16:21:14.362262+05:30

Is it true that smoking is allowed on roads ? Road is a public place ,as per my understanding

Law enacted smoking is banned only for outside propaganda 2008-06-01 08:40:45.850313+05:30

“People can smoke on roads or in their homes but not in any other place, the impact is more while smoking inside closed environment than in roads or streets’, Union Minister said. It smells something else totally against enforcing the rule strongly across the country as law enacted smoking is banned only for outside propaganda. The provision amounts to encouraging smoking everywhere nothing else. No reforms or the ban would be effective by adopting double standards and further spoiling the system for the reasons best known to Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Anbumani Ramadoss. With the provision, anti-Smoking Act goes up in smoke rightly being noticed across the country under the similar circumstances. www.sikhvicharmanch.com

PMK 2008-09-15 17:28:25.298409+05:30

PMK Goondas will collect Hafts from Pan Shops

is it realy working? 2008-10-13 18:05:55.801624+05:30

i jus wanted to ask..ban on smoking,is it realy workng..or it wil b just another law meant to be broken because of all coruption which keeps on happening in our country?..i have seen policeman smoking at public places,then what can we expect of local public..

Smoking 2008-10-14 11:19:34.917402+05:30

Is smoking allowed in bars situated in the premises of the various clubs in. Can any one clarify

Smoking 2008-06-01 17:06:14.080305+05:30

India needs a large publicity campaign aimed at the illiterate and the general public for at least 12 months before enforcing it.Even then the police MUST be told they have no powers to intimidate public except asking violators to snuff out for a few years so that a culture of compliance sets in gradually in a non-abrasive way.At the same time,taxes on tobacco products should go up to help smokers give up.Such methods will be long lasting.

I Dare You 2008-06-01 17:15:17.238249+05:30

Ramadas always comes up with vague ideas. Why blame the smokers and why hold the companies responsible for acts of their employees. I dare you if you can implement the ban on companies manufacturing these tobacco products of intoxication.

Smoking ban 2008-09-28 12:36:51.946729+05:30

Please advise where I may obtain a copy of full rules and regulations on the forthcoming no smoking ban.

no smoking 2008-10-22 06:29:37.623713+05:30

how a incharge of the institution can stop public from smoking in his institution how he can fine them

blind ramdose 2008-06-01 06:31:45.253153+05:30

poor in bihar

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