Cracking the whip on those selling gutkha products and smoking in public, the health team of Community Health Centre (CHC), Sahnewal, issued challans to 14 persons on Tuesday.
These persons were found smoking at public places or selling banned gutkha products in various villages. A total of Rs. 2,150 was realised as fine from the violators.
The drive was conducted on the instructions of Dr Parwinderpal Singh Sidhu, senior medical officer, CHC Sahnewal,
A team led by nodal officer Dr Pawandeep Singh visited the inter-state bus terminus, various schools and other places in Kohara, Ramgarh and Jandiali, and challans were issued to violators.
Health inspectors Dalbir Singh, Satpal Singh and health worker Jagjit Singh were also a part of the inspection team.
Dr Parwinderpal said the 14 persons were challaned for violating the Tobacco Control Act. He said smoking was banned at health institutes, schools and other public places.
Dr Pawandeep said nobody would be allowed to sell banned gutkha products. He said the inspection drive would continue in the coming days, adding that challans would be issued to anybody found violating the law.
The state government, in August last year, had banned the sale, storage, manufacture and distribution of tobacco products, including gutkha and pan masala in the state.