Cops to fine those found smoking in public spaces

delhi Updated: May 29, 2016 09:19 IST

NEW DELHI: In a bid to deter people from smoking in public, the Delhi Police will show no leniency towards those who are caught.

As per the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, smoking in public places is banned and those caught violating the law will have to pay a fine of Rs 200.

“We will henceforth fine those who smoke in public places in the national capital under COTPA, because when you are smoking in a public space, you are not only endangering your own but even other people’s lives,” said special commissioners of police (law and order), P Kamraj, during an event on Saturday.

Delhi Police have collaborated with Sambandh Health Foundation and Voice of Tobacco Victims for effective ban enforcement, and the campaign is supported by Max India Foundation.

“Police can play a large role in reversing this largest reversible cause of death and disease and Delhi Police will take strict action on COTPA-2003. We will educate owners of public places such as education institutes, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and other organizations about the various sections of the law,” he said.

First Published: May 29, 2016 09:19 IST