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Quit smoking for your and others' health sake
The World Health Day coordinated by WHO was recently observed that advocated that the right to health was basically a human right. In many countries, the right to health includes access to adequate food and housing; health promoting working conditions; adequate medical facilities and a clean living environment at public and private spaces.

The world over, consumption of tobacco products and smoking have been banned as a major health hazards.

In India, the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act or COPTA-2003 came into force on 1 May 2004 which is applicable to cigarettes, cigars, bidis, gutkha, pan masala (containing tobacco), mavva, khaini, snuff and all products containing tobacco in any form.

The Act also prohibits of sale of tobacco products in any area lying within 100 yards of an educational institution w.e.f. 1 December 2004.

Although, the Act does not prohibit consumption of hookah smoking in hookah bars, but, several cities in India have banned consumption of hookah in hookah bars. However, it is legal to purchase hookahs at shops and consume them at home.

Hookah bars have been banned in the entire state of Maharashtra. In Haryana hookah bars are banned in three cities, namely, Gurugram, Faridabad and Panchkula.

In our country smoking has been banned by and large in private and public places. This implies that the private and public buildings will not have even the smoking rooms which they had hitherto, thereby, no smoking is allowed even in pubs and restaurants. However, the lobbies with more than 30 seats will require a separate enclosure for the smokers along with putting up the notice for other areas with inscription "no smoking area – smoking here is an offence".  It means that the owners of the private work places will have to ensure the implementation of no-smoking rules.

The fines for violation of rules to be paid by the offenders to be imposed are that the individual fine is Rs 200 and the organizational fine is Rs 5000.

Some social activists and psychologists say that it is the right of every child and the non-smokers to have a smoke-free environment. 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. 

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