Ready to act upon the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, the Delhi Police is now set to strictly enforce a fine of Rs.200 for people who are caught smoking in public places.
As per COTPA, which was introduced in 2003, not only is smoking in public places banned but a fine for those who violate the law has been suggested.
Delhi is now witnessing a very high number of younger generation of smokers. What is even more worrying, as per Dr Harit Chaturvedi, Chairman Max Oncology, it has led to a rise in younger patients with tobacco-related cancers.
Besides Delhi Police, two other NGOs, Sambandh Health Foundation and Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) are working towards spreading anti-tobacco awareness.
Talking about the initiative Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order), P Kamraj said :
“Smokers are not only endangering their own (lives) but even other people’s lives. Police can play a role in reversing this largest reversible cause of death and disease. The Delhi Police will take action on COTPA—2003. Police force itself suffers from usage of tobacco.”
He said that the Delhi Police will educate educational institutes, malls, coffee shops, restaurants, bars and other organisations to help them enforce the law.