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Cigarette enthusiasts warn, 10 times increase in public smoking fines - Read New Rules

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Cigarette enthusiasts warn, 10 times increase in public smoking fines - Read New Rules

 The Central Government has drafted amendments to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Controlled Tobacco Control Act (COTPA) - 2003.

 This includes a 10-fold increase in cigarette smoking fines. For example, if you are caught smoking in a public place, you will be fined Rs 2,000 instead of Rs 200. Not only that, the provision of separate smoking zones in places like hotels, restaurants, and airports has been repealed, including raising the minimum age for buying and selling tobacco from 18 to 21 years.

 An amended bill is to be introduced in this budget session of Parliament. The revised draft of the Quota Act provides for compulsory licensing of vendors selling tobacco products by the concerned organization. There will be no promotion or exhibition for the sale of tobacco. The promotion of tobacco products through the internet or social media will also be banned altogether.

 The organizations have supported the amendment to the quota law and demanded that it be introduced in Parliament as soon as possible. The central government has also set a target of becoming tobacco free by 2030.

 New rules

 The fine will be increased from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000

 Complete Smoke Free Zone: Currently, there are separate smoking facilities in airports, hotels and restaurants (more than 30 rooms).

 The age of purchase and sale of tobacco will be increased from 18 to 21 years

 Promotion or display of any type of tobacco products at places of sale will be banned.

 The tobacco industry or companies will not be able to hire a sponsor or do CSR.

 The promotion of tobacco products on the internet and social media will also be banned.

 The sale of one stick of cigarette-BDO, small packs and used tobacco will be banned.

 Tobacco kills more than 4,000 people every day in the country

 Annually 1.3 million people die from tobacco-related diseases. According to a research, more than four thousand Indians die every day from tobacco related diseases. Related deaths have been rising at about 5.9 percent a year since 2003.

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