The police will launch a drive against smoking in public places shortly, said Superintendent of Police Borase Bhushan Gulabrao.

Addressing a workshop on ‘implementation of smoking ban in public places’ here on Wednesday, Mr. Gulabrao said the department was serious about implementing the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act in the district.

Additional Superintendent of Police M. Puttamaadaiah, who is also the nodal officer for tobacco control at the district-level, said the police would take stringent action against shopkeepers selling tobacco products to children.