Srinagar: From now on, the city police are likely to book them under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act if people are found smoking in open spaces, especially in public places. The measure is being taken in public places to discourage smoking, police said on Sunday.
On Saturday evening, the Srinagar police booked a female tourist for smoking in a public place in Srinagar.
Station House Officer Sajjad Asad confirmed to a local news agency, KDC, that under the related parts of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (COPTA) Act, a female tourist (name withheld) was booked for violating the ban on smoking in public places.
He said, “The government has banned smoking in public places under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (COPTA) Act.” The selling of cigarettes is now banned within 100 yards of educational institutions.
While more than a decade ago, a ban on smoking in public places was implemented, there were concerns that the legislation was not strictly enforced and stores continued to sell tobacco products within a 100-yard radius of school premises.
While the city police reported that they were performing occasional public smoking inspections, an unidentified officer told KDC that there were clear orders from higher authorities to strictly enforce the law.
So, smoking in a place where people come, the police officer said, is a crime. The police officer added that smoking is prohibited everywhere in Srinagar district, including public toilets, except for the designated smoking zones. After entering a designated smoking zone, the only place where non-smokers can not complain is,” he said.” (The KDC)