Jharkhand: Crackdown on loose cigarette retailers from January
The Jharkhand health department will begin crackdown on loose cigarette retailers across the state from the new year, National Tobacco Control Programme nodal officer Lalit Ranjan Pathak said.ranchi Updated: Dec 26, 2015 15:23 IST
The Jharkhand health department will begin crackdown on loose cigarette retailers across the state from the new year, National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) nodal officer Lalit Ranjan Pathak said on Friday.
The drive has been planned under the Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003. However, he said the health department would inform the retailers about the act and its implications through advertisements prior to the drive.
The Jharkhand government had signed a notification banning the sale of loose cigarettes in the state in November last. However, its implementation petered away after a group of cigarette retailers gheraoed health minister Ramchandra Chandravanshi in protest against the notification.
The Section 7 of the COTPA 2003 prohibits trade and commerce of cigarettes or other tobacco products that do not carry specific warning, including the pictorial warning. Loose cigarettes violate the section, health officials said.
The act proposes one-year imprisonment or a fine of Rs 1000 or both for the first-time violator. But, he risks a two-year term in jail or Rs 3000 fine or both in case he is caught the second time.