In an attempt to make Ludhiana a smoke-free city, a district health department team led by district health officer (DHO) Dr Abnash Kumar conducted raids at several places on Tuesday.
From 86 challans issued under the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, the team realised a fine of Rs 10,720. The raids were conducted at railway station, Clock Rower, Local Adda, Sherpur Chowk, Giaspura Chowk, Dholewal, Gill Chowk, Atam Park, ESIC Hospital area and Fountain Chowk.
People founds moking at public places, besides vendors selling tobacco products without war ning boards or those advertising tobacco products, were fined.
DHO Dr Abnash Kumar said under the COTPA, people couldn’t smoke or chew tobacco in public places, and those not following the norms, would be fined Rs 200.
“Also, tobacco or its products cannot be advertised, and doing so can invite a fine of Rs 1,000 and imprisonment up to two years or both. No tobacco product can be sold without health warning, else a fine of Rs 5,000 can be imposed, besides imprisonment of two years, or both,” Dr Kumar said, adding that tobacco products cannot be sold within 100 yards radius of any educational institution.
The team included food safety officer Yogesh Goel, drug inspectors Roopreet Kaur, Rupinder Kaur, Balram Luthra, assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Narinder Kumar and NGO member Krishan Lal Malik.