Bengaluru: No reduction in number of tobacco smokers in spite of hefty fines

Daijiworld Media Network – Bengaluru (MS)

Bengaluru, Aug 16: In the last three years in Karnataka scores of people were fined for smoking in public places. However, the menace still continues.

The fine is around 35% more than that of other states. Activists say that there is minimal effort from the government to solve the issue totally.

Speaking on the subject, a senior police official said, “Karnataka is in the forefront of implementing COTPA Act. Several measures have been taken to control smoking in public places. But the government has to ban it totally.”

“The fines collected from the citizens for smoking in public places are the highest in India. However, the improvement is very minimal. People continue to smoke near tea stalls, pan shops and other public places. The tobacco industry pays the amount of fines that is slapped on the tea stalls to the owners as the tobacco companies do not want to lose their customers,” said S J Chandar of Tobacco Free Karnataka Federation.

Chandar further said, “From April 2019 to March 2022, 5.07 lac people were slapped with fines for smoking at public places. This is 35% of the 14.40 lac people who were fined all over the country. Out of the total fines, 50 per cent is slapped in two states of Kerala and Karnataka. The fine of Rs 200 for smoking in public places is quite less and it should be increased considerably to make it more effective.”




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  • LLoyd, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 17 2022

    Well kerala and karnataka are only places where you actually have onground implementation of these fines.Thats the whole reason the statistics look skewed .No implementation = no offenders.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 17 2022

    If you are walking on roadside with no one around and you are it a violation? Is Iquos allowed here in in India? I understand vaping is banned. Can anyone clarify?

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