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Delhi: Police book 7,000 for smoking in public

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30 percent of those challaned for smoking cigarettes in public places were women.

Taking strong measures against tobacco use in public places, the Delhi police has booked 7,000 violators in the last four days found smoking in Delhi.

The action has come at a time when the health department of the Delhi government has issued several notices to various agencies and individuals for promoting smoking and tobacco consumption.

The police has informed that most of the violators have been booked 6PM to 9PM in areas such as bus and metro stations and markets. Notably, 30 percent of violators were women.

Police informed that 95 per cent of challans were issued against smokers and 5 per cent against sellers vending tobacco products near educational institutions.

DCP, South-east Delhi Chinmoy Biswal has been quoted as saying that apart from booking people for smoking in public places, it has also  been educating violators  about the hazards of smoking.

The police said that action against violators has been taken under Section 4 and 6 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). The police also informed that a lot of challans have also been issued for drinking alcohol in public places. It may be noted there is Rs 200 fine for smoking in public places in Delhi.

Dr SK Arora, Additional Director, Health, Delhi government, has hailed the police action against tobacco use in public. Dr Arora said that police should also focus on eateries to prohibit hookah to protect youngsters.

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