A week after the health department challaned 25 persons for smoking in public, 10 more such challans were issued on Thursday.
Also, after receiving a complaint, the health department swung into action and visited the Shaheed Sukhdev Thapar Inter-State Bus Stand to take samples from the food stalls there. The team collected nine samples from various food stalls and.
Since January this year, the health department has issued 125 challans to persons found smoking in public places, for not putting up warning boards outside shops selling tobacco products, for advertising tobacco products and for selling tobacco near educational institutions.
District health officer (DHO) Abnash Kumar said, "We issued 10 challans on Thursday. Of these, four were to tobacco sellers who did not install any boards mentioning that it is illegal to sell tobacco to people below 18 years. Also they had failed to mention that tobacco is injurious to health and causes cancer. The remaining violators were found smoking at the bus stand."
When asked, when was the last time when samples were collected from the ISBT, Kumar said he had joined as DHO in January 2013, and he didn't remember when samples were last collected.
Meanwhile, as the health team raided the shops at ISBT on Thursday, the shop keepers shut down their shops and fled the spot.