Special Correspondent

KADAPA: In-charge Joint Collector G. Mohan Rao instructed officials on Saturday to create awareness among people on the Central government’s ban on smoking in public places.

Addressing a meeting here, he wanted signboards indicating the ban on smoking put up in all government offices, bus stations, railway stations, hotels and restaurants and in thickly populated areas. People should be enlightened on the ill-effects of passive smoking. Number of smokers was growing day by day leading to respiratory disorders and cancer, he said.

Those smoking in public places would be imposed a fine of Rs. 200 and violators could be levied a fine of Rs. 1,000 and imprisoned for two years, Mr. Mohan Rao said.