Be ready to pay a fine of Rs. 200 if you are found smoking in public places. The city Police has issued a list of do's and don'ts for smokers and even to shops selling tobacco products.

According to the press release from the Office of the Police Commissioner, a fine of Rs. 200 would be imposed on smokers who are found smoking in public places like hotels, hospitals, bus stands and stops, railway station, stadium, shopping complexes, educational institutions etc., according to Section - 4 of Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).

Section 4 of Tobacco Control Act, 2003, says that, smoking in all "public places" is prohibited. The term public place is vaguely defined and it refers to any place to which the public have access, whether as of right or not, and includes auditorium, hospital buildings, railway waiting room, amusement centres, restaurants, public offices, court buildings, educational institutions, libraries, public conveyances and the like which are visited by general public but does not include any open space.

The release further says that, according to Section-5, advertisements promoting cigarette and tobacco products are also prohibited and violators would be fined Rs. 1000 or a two-year jail term and Section-6 recommends harshest punishment with a fine of Rs. 5000 on manufacturers and Rs. 200 for others (users and sellers), if the afore mentioned products are sold to persons below 18 years of age.

The same law will hold good in case tobacco products were sold within 100 metres radius of schools and colleges.

The release also said that, according to Section-7, distributors will have to pay a fine of Rs. 1000 if tobacco products do not contain warnings or pictures indicating health hazards.

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore