Kerala booked 77,288 smokers in 2012

Thiruvananthapuram, Jun 23 (IANS): With Kerala Police stepping up the vigil against those smoking in public places, 77,288 people were booked under the provisions of an anti-smoking law in 2012, a Kerala minister said here Sunday.

Releasing the figures, state Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said strict instructions have been issued to police to ensure enforcement of the provisions of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COTPA), 2003, in Kerala.

The ban on smoking in public places was found to be most strictly enforced in Ernakulam district where about 26,000 cases were registered in 2012, while just 249 cases were registered in Pathanamthitta district during the same period, the minister said.

Indian Railways, too, registered 226 cases against those smoking in trains and on platforms in the state.

The state government has now directed the police to keep an eye on shopkeepers who provide matches or lighters to smokers to light cigarettes.

According to Radhakrishnan, 54,980 cases were registered against those smoking in public places in 2011.

Smoking in public places is prohibited in India under Section 4 of COPTA but its enforcement is a matter of concern in many parts of the country.


Top Stories

Leave a Comment

Title: Kerala booked 77,288 smokers in 2012

You have 2000 characters left.


Please write your correct name and email address. Kindly do not post any personal, abusive, defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent, discriminatory or unlawful or similar comments. will not be responsible for any defamatory message posted under this article.

Please note that sending false messages to insult, defame, intimidate, mislead or deceive people or to intentionally cause public disorder is punishable under law. It is obligatory on Daijiworld to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments, to the authority concerned upon request.

Hence, sending offensive comments using daijiworld will be purely at your own risk, and in no way will be held responsible.