Ineffective enforcement of Cigarette and Tobacco Products Act

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

effective.

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.