Government proposes to raise smoking age to 21, ban loose cigarettes sale
NEW DELHI: The public authority moves to expand the smoking age from 18 to 21 years, boycott offer of free cigarettes, get rid of assigned smoking rooms at air terminals and cafés, and increment punishments for ridiculing public smoking standards to check smoking in the nation.
The wellbeing service has drafted the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2020 following a three-year-long careful exercise.
One of the significant corrections is to Section 6 to build the lawful smoking age from 18 to 21 years. "No individual will sell, offer available to be purchased, or license offer of cigarettes or some other tobacco item to or by any individual who is under 21 years old," peruses the draft change delivered on the service's site to evoke perspectives and remarks of general society.
The 2003 Act had determined this age as 18 years.
The public authority has additionally looked to boycott offer of free cigarettes.
"Since cigarettes are sold free, they become financially more open to individuals, particularly the understudies," a senior wellbeing service official told ET. "Simultaneously, they miss the informing and cautioning on packs."
A stipulation has been embedded in Section 7 which says, "Given that exchange and trade in cigarette or some other tobacco item will be in fixed, flawless and unique pressing."
Another progression being proposed is getting rid of smoking rooms at air terminals, eateries and lodgings. Segment 4 of the 2003 Act boycotts smoking in broad daylight, yet accommodates a smoking region "in a lodging having 30 rooms or an eatery having seating limit of 30 people or more and in the air terminals".
In the draft charge, this stipulation has been erased, affecting a total restriction on open smoking in India.
Fine for smoking in broad daylight is likewise proposed to be expanded from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000. Punishment for offering tobacco items to people under the lawful smoking age is likewise being expanded from two years detainment and Rs 1,000 to seven years' detainment and up to Rs 1 lakh fine.
The public authority has additionally proposed stricter discipline and inconvenience of punishments for assembling or bringing in unlawful cigarettes or tobacco items. The wellbeing service had proposed various changes to the 2003 enactment and put the draft in the public area in 2015. Be that as it may, it was removed in 2017 to have a relook at the draft arrangements and concoct a superior form. The service re-started the way toward revising the enactment and shaped a sub-gathering.