Lucknow, Kanpur to become ‘ smoke free’ districts
Kanpur and Lucknow will soon be ‘smoke free’ districts in state, meaning a much more emphatic enforcement of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 in these two districts.lucknow Updated: Oct 30, 2012 15:35 IST
Kanpur and Lucknow will soon be ‘smoke free’ districts in state, meaning a much more emphatic enforcement of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce, prohibition and supply distribution) Act, 2003 in these two districts.
In the first phase, a massive sensitisation programme would be organised for all heads of government departments. And in the second phase, flying squads of senior government officers would be conducting surprise raids at public places and take punitive action against people caught smoking or using tobacco in public places.
The decision to make Kanpur and Lucknow as smoke free districts in UP was taken at an international workshop on COTPA-2003, held at Goa from October 3 to 5. The workshop was held under the aegis of National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) being run by the Government of India.
Two districts nodal officers for national anti-tobacco programme from UP - chief medical superintendent (CMS) of Balrampur Hospital in Lucknow Dr UN Rai and director of Ursula Horseman Memorial (UHM) Hospital in Kanpur Dr UC Sinha - had attended the workshop in Goa.
"Kanpur and Lucknow will now join other smoke free districts in country such as Chandigarh in Punjab and some districts in Himanchal Pradesh (HP), Goa and Tamil Nadu," UC Sinha told HT.
"A fine of Rs. 200 would be imposed directly on people found smoking. And department heads would also be charged Rs. 200 for every smoker or tobacco user caught in the act the department premises," said Sinha. "A provision of removing all tobacco selling shops and advertisements promoting tobaccos from 100 yard area around the schools is also being considered," Sinha said.
A fine of Rs. 1000 or imprisonment of 2 years may be imposed on those caught selling or promoting tobacco. If the same person is caught the second time the fine amount would go up to Rs. 5000 or five years of imprisonment, added Sinha.
A district could only get the status of a smoke free district if there is no smoking or tobacco consumption at public places. Besides no tobacco products shop should be around public places. "For smokers there should be a smoking zone so that others are forced to passive smoking," said Sinha.