Thursday, February 16, 2006

No Smoking area- Smoking here is an offence:Chandigarh

Chandigarh, February 16:- Chandigarh Administration Chandigarh has notified the Cigarettes and other Tobacco products (Prohibition of Advertisement and regulation of Trade and commerce, Production, Supply anddistribution) Act 2003 for UT Chandigarh has already being in post of 1st January 2006. Public at large is well aware the ill effects of Cigarettes smoking and the smoke inhaled by the others, there by causing irreparable loss of health.It is for the information of the general public that smoke has been banned in public place. “ Public Place” means any place to which the public have access, whether as of right or not, and includes auditorium,hospital buildings, railway waiting room, amusement centers, restaurants,public offices, court buildings, educational institutes, Libraries,public conveyances and the like which are visited by general public but does not include any open space.The owner or the Manager or in charge of affairs of a public place shall cause to be displaced prominently a board of a minimum size of sixty centimeter x thirty centimeter in the Indian languages as applicable, atleast one at the entrance of the public place and one at the conspicuous places inside, containing the warning. “ No Smoking area- Smoking here is an offence” The owner or the manager or in charge of affairs of a hotel having thirty rooms or restaurants having sitting capacity of thirty persons or more and the manager of Air port shall ensure that: -i) The smoking and non smoking areas are physically segregated;ii) The smoking area shall be located in such manner that the public is not required to pass through it in order to reach the non-smoking area;andiii) Each area shall contain boards indicating there on “ Smoking Area/NonSmoking Area”.Prohibition of advertisement of cigarette and other tobacco products.1) The size of the board used for advertisement of cigarettes and any other tobacco products displayed at the entrance or inside a ware house ora shop where cigarettes and any other such tobacco products are offered for distribution or sale shall not exceed ninety centimeter by sixty centimeter and number of such boards shall not exceed two.2) Each such board shall contain in the Indian language as applicable, one of the following warnings occupying twenty five percents, of top area of the board, namely:i) To bacco causes Cancer, or(ii) Tobacco Kills Prohibition of sale to minors:-1) The owner or the manager or the in charge of the affairs of a place where cigarettes and other tobacco products are sold shall display a board of minimum size of sixty centimeters by thirty centimeter at conspicuous place(s) containing the warning “ sale of tobacco products to a person under the age of eighteen years is a punishable offence” in Indian languages (s) as applicable.2) The onus of proof that the buyer of the tobacco product is not a minor lies with the seller of the tobacco products. The seller incase of doubt,may request tobacco purchaser to provide appropriate evidence of having reached eighteen years of age.Prohibition of sale of cigarettes and other Tobacco Products around educational Institutions: -1) Display of board the owner or manager or any person in charges of affairs of the educational institution shall display and exhibit a board at a conspicuous place (s) outside the premises, prominently stating that sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products in an area with in a radius of one hundred yard of the educational institution is strictly prohibited and that it is an offence punishable with the fine which may extend to two hundred rupees.2) Measurement of distance: - Distance of one hundred yards shall be measured radially starting from the outer limit of boundary wall, fence oras the case may be, of the educational institution.Punishment for smoking in public places.1) Whoever contravenes the provisions of section 4 shall be punishable with fine, which may extend to two hundred rupees.2) An offence under this section shall be compoundable and shall be tried summarily in accordance with the procedure provided for summary trails in the code of criminal procedure 1973.Punishment for sale of cigarettes or any other tobacco products to persons below the age of 18 years.1) Any person who contravenes the provisions of section 6 shall be guiltyof an offence under this Act and shall be punishable with fine, which may extend two hundred rupees.2) All offences, under this section shall be compoundable and shall betried summarily in accordance with the procedure provided for summarytrails in the code of criminal procedure, 1973. Joint terms have been constituted by Chandigarh Administration under the relevant provisions of the Act consisting of police inspectors;Food Inspectors / Drugs Inspectors there by eight teams in total are hereby deputed for the enforcement of relevant provisions of the Actwith immediate effect.
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