After conducting massive drives against those selling unhealthy sweets and possessing banned polythene, now the smokers in public places are on the radar of municipal corporation (MC).
The MC has challaned more than 30 persons for smoking in public places or violating other conditions of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act in the last few days. It is said that the MC is conducting such drives to curb smoking in the public places under ‘Swachh Ludhiana’ mission.
As the government has banned the smoking at public places, the district health department has so far failed to launch any massive campaign to curb smoking.
The smoke emitting from the burning tip of the beedis, cigarettes and other tobacco products, causes serious health problems to others as well. This is also known as second-hand smoke (SHS). So there is a need to make the public places smoking-free.
Currently, the smokers can be seen smoking at railway station, bus stand, parks, eateries and other places including some government offices. Even many of the hotels and eateries allow smoking in the absence separate smoking zones.
A city resident, Ramesh Srivastav, said, “The MC should ensure installation of warning boards displaying No Smoking at the public places. The authorities concerned should also check the sale of banned tobacco products. Many of the cigarette vendors have not displayed any warning signs which are required.”
MC additional commissioner Rishipal Singh said the corporation has issued around 30 challans to the violators, adding that the MC would intensify such drives in coming days. He appealed to the smokers to stop smoking in the public places, otherwise fine would be imposed on them. He said they are also conducting drive against the tobacco sale without licence.
It is worth mentioning here that the residents are also appreciating the drive against smoking.
Gagandeep Singh, a resident, posted on MC’s facebook page www.facebook.com/swachhludhiana, “Thank God as MC started implementing law.”Another user posted, “Good but was it written as no smoking zone at all public places?”