With the World No Tobacco Day on May 31,, the health department team has intensified its drive against smoking at public places and sale of banned tobacco products.
The team of health department issued 18 challans to persons who were found violating the Tobacco Control Act on Tuesday.
Senior medical officer Parwinderpal Singh Sidhu informed that the drive was conducted on the instructions of civil surgeon Dr Subhash Batta.
He added that a total of 18 persons were issued challans for smoking at public places or selling banned gutkha products. The team collected fine worth Rs 2,540 from the defaulters.
Nodal officer Dr Pawandeep Singh Dhillon said that the drive was conducted in Dhandari Kalan, Sherpur and Giaspura areas.
He added that the team also warned the vendors not to sale banned gutkha products in the city.
Health inspector Dalbir Singh said that they will continue this drive and will issue challans if anybody was found smoking at public places.