Nepal, one of the countries having high tobacco consumption rate, has banned smoking in public places from today in an attempt to reduce its harmful effects on health of public. The Tobacco Control and Regulation Act-2068 came into effect from Sunday, according to officials.
After this Act coming into effect, those people who smoke, sell and distribute tobacco-related products at public places may have to pay Rs100 to Rs 1,00,000 as a fine. The public places include the government bodies, offices, corporations, educational institutions, libraries, airports, hotels, restaurants and eateries.
The introduction of the Act is a huge stride towards curbing smoking in public places and controlling unscrupulous sales of tobacco products, according to observers. They, however, question effective implementation of the law in absence of necessary mechanism.