Smoking To Dig Holes In Delhiites' Pockets, DP Charges Huge Fines From Public Smokers

| January 10 , 2018 , 19:35 IST

Smoking is not just injurious health but also injurious to pockets of those who are being caught lighting up in the public.

The Delhi Police are fining people found smoking in public places, during its four-day trial against smoking in public places, under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA).

A team of South East District police raided areas like Nehru Place and Lajpat Nagar market and slapped a fine of Rs 200 on those caught smoking in public areas. As per the COTPA 2003, smoking in public places is banned.

The COPTA bans sales by minors or to minors and within 100 yards of educational institutes is prohibited. They also ban all forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco production.

The DCP, south Delhi also took to Twitter and said, "11.3%smokers enjoy while other 88.7% Non-Smokers suffer passive smoking. Exemplary work in enforcement of #COTPA 2 make change in public behaviour,2743 #smokers were #challaned 4 smoking in public place by #SouthDistrict @DelhiPolice during 4days #DriveAgainstTobacco @sambandhhealth"

So far 4,500 fines have been imposed in South East Delhi. (ANI)