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Need to enforce smoking ban rules strictly at public places
There are legal provisions, rules, regulations and policy dispensations banning smoking in public places. Unfortunately, the rules are being ignored by the smokers since the enforcement mechanism is weak.

Some social activists and psychologists say that it is the right of every child and the non-smokers to have a smoke-free environment. Even passive smoking inflicted by the smokers on others is a serious matter and the ban on smoking in public and private work places is quite justified and rules are to be enforced strictly.

The rules of the union health ministry do not allow smoking in private and public places. There are some implications of rules to be carried out.

The rules imply...

• That the private and public buildings should not have even the smoking rooms now and putting up the notice will be required such as "No smoking area – Smoking here is an offence".

•   That no smoking can be allowed in pubs and restaurants.

•   That the lobbies in various buildings with more than 30 seats require a separate enclosure for the smokers.

•   That no matches, ash trays, lighters be provided at the work places, shopping malls and cinema halls.

•    That the owners of the private work places must ensure the implementation of no-smoking rules.

There is a provision of imposing fines and penalties for violation of rules such as an individual fine of Rs 1000 and an organizational fine of Rs 5000.

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