The anti-smoking campaign has gained momentum in Cuddalore with District Collector Rajendra Ratnoo advising the officials to put up boards in the departments and in public places stating that ‘smoking is banned here,’ and ‘smoking is an offence.’
Mr. Ratnoo was addressing the coordinated committee meeting on the cigarette and other tobacco products prohibition Act here recently.
The Collector said sale of cigarettes in public places such as educational institutions, bus stands, hotels and cinema halls had been banned. Advertisements meant for promoting the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products too had been banned.
The packets containing these products should carry the warning that ‘this would be injurious to health.’
The Collector further said the shops within the radius of 100 metres of the educational institutions should neither stock nor sell cigarettes or any other tobacco products.
He also stressed that cigarettes should not be sold to those below 18 years.
Anyone found smoking in public places would be fined to the tune of Rs. 200, he warned.
Deputy Director (Health) K.R. Jawaharlal, Joint Dirctor (Health) Manoharan, police officers, and representatives of the educational institutions and local bodies participated.
“Anyone found smoking in public places will be fined Rs. 200”