KARKALA : Though sale of cigarettes or smoking is banned near educational institutions, the
rule is not yet been strictly followed mainly owing to the failure of the law enforcing agencies to
initiate strict action.
The sale of cigarettes and tobacco products near educational institutions has been banned a few
years ago. As per rule, no one can sell cigarettes or tobacco products within a radius of 100
yards of an educational institution. Those violating this rule are liable for legal action under
Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act 2003 Section 6, 24 and 25. Those proved guilty are
also liable for a penalty of not more than Rs 200.Even the Act banning smoking in public places
has been enforced in 2003 and also in 2008.
Sadly, the anti-smoking rule is blatantly violated in Karkala where rarely any action is taken
against those flouting this rule. Though the police department has tried to ensure some strict
action against sale of tobacco products and cigarettes near schools and college, it has not been
Azamat Ali, Rural police inspector of Karkala, says the police department has already initiated
action against those found selling cigarettes near the Nitte educational institution in Karkala
rural police station limits. Even in future, action will follow against those selling tobacco
products near school.
Meanwhile, P Madhav Bhat, Lecturer in Economics in Government Pre-University College,
Karkala says smoking has become a fashion among the student community and stresses the need
to create awareness against this.