The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, today became the first district in the country to ban sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of premises of all hospitals here.
"District Magistrate Srinagar Farooq Ahmed Shah imposed a complete ban on sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within 100 yards of all hospitals in the district in the interest of patient care," an official spokesman said.
Medical superintendents of all hospitals have been directed to ensure implementation of the ban, the spokesman said.
Srinagar has become the first district in the country to ban sale of tobacco products near hospitals, he said.
In another order, the District Magistrate ordered cancellation of registration of such shops that sell tobacco products to those below 18 years of age, the spokesman said.
The shopkeepers selling banned gutka, khaini or pan masala containing tobacco also stand to lose their registration, he said.