India To Ban Loose Cigarettes Sale Soon

Central Government to take serious steps on the consumption of nicotine

The Central Government of India drafted the amendment on Cigarettes & Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), to outlaw the consumption of cigarette below 21 years (currently 18 years). The Union Health Ministry confirms to ban the sale of loose cigarettes too along with setting an age bar. The draft also specifies (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply, and Distribution) Amendment Act, 2020.

The smoking rooms in offices, restaurants, airports, or any public spaces are also specified to be banned. Smoking in public will lead to penalties.

According to 'Section 6' individuals below 21 are devoid of purchase and consumption of cigarettes. Purchase and selling of cigarettes within 100 meters of any educational institution are prohibited. Purchase and sale of loose or single sticks of the cigarette are prohibited, one has to buy the whole packet. And in accordance with 'Section 7', the hazardous warnings should appear in the display area. Selling nicotine products to under-age individuals to be considered illegal. If not obeyed, the seller would be imprisoned for two years and pay the fine of Rs 1000 for a straight seven years.

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