In the interest of public health, the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare had issued a detailed Notification dated 30th May 2008 making Rules under the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 for the prohibition of smoking of cigarettes and other tobacco products. The said notification, which bans smoking in public places, will be enforced from October 2, 2008. Attention of all Members is invited to the revised Rules which ban smoking, among other places, in public / private workplaces. A copy of the said notification is attached herewith. With the enforcement of the revised Rules, smoking on roads and at homes would be permitted but not in any other places as the impact of smoking inside closed environment is more than in roads or streets.
The following are some of the salient aspects of the revised Rules:
(a) Restrictions with regard to smoking apply clearly to hotels, restaurants, refreshment rooms, public places etc. which would also include workplaces among other places as defined in each category. Section 4 of the Act envisages a separately ventilated smoking room that is termed as "Smoking Area". Specific provisions have been incorporated for such smoking areas.
(b) The Rules provide that the owner, proprietor or the manager of all public places shall ensure that no person smokes in the prohibited areas under his jurisdiction. It also calls for a sign board to be displayed at the entrance of the premises on each floor including the staircases and entrance to the lift. The sign board has to be of specific prescribed dimensions (as per Schedule II) .
(c) Detailed provisions have been incorporated for strict implementation of the prohibitory orders.
(d) The manager of the establishment is liable to be fined for any violation by any person of the above prohibition.
(e) The head of the Institution / H.R.Manager / head of administration has to be designated / authorised to prohibit smoking at offices and workplaces.
(f) Ashtray, matchboxes, lighters or other things designed to facilitate smoking should not be provided at the workplace.
(g) It will be necessary for the manager to display in the establishment prominently, the name of the person to whom complaints can be made by any person for violating the provisions of these Rules.
Good to see this ,but how far its going to be implemented (out side work place)....how this is going to be monitored. or this is one more like what we had for wearing helmets in chennai.
I love to see this up & running .
From India, Delhi
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