Ludhiana: The District Health Department officials on the directions of the Civil Surgeon, Dr. Rajiv Bhalla carried out a checking drive for the public smoking and tobacco selling at different parts of city with the help of a team of police officials who accompanied them in the whole dive whole the time.
Around 20 challans of people who were smoking, selling tobacco and cigarette selling without installation of the warning boards that the cigarette is injurious to health at the different areas of city were issued. They also spread awareness regarding it on different markets of the city so that people can know its pros and cons before inhaling them in life. The fine of Rs. 2, 150 was collected by District Health Officer and Food Safety Officer with their team who carried out the checking drive.
The checking was done in the Clock Tower area, Local Bus stand, Sherpur Chowk, Giaspura Chowk, Dholewal, Gill Chowk, Atam Park, ESI Hospital, and in Fountain Chownk areas were cut by the district health department team. The guilty were challaned under violation of COTPA Act (Cigarette and other Tobacco Products) Act, 2003.
The health department officials spread awareness on spots that no one should smoke and consume tobacco, if they would be caught publically than they would be heavily fined after being challaned. Moreover they added that the owner of the shop or kiosk would also be fined if they were found selling tobacco and cigarette without installing warning board about smoking.
The District Health Officer said that the sale of cigarette is not allowed within the 100 meters of educational institutions such as schools and colleges but in city one can see tobacco shops near the schools and colleges of the city.
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