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Posted at: Jan 11, 2018, 12:39 AM; last updated: Jan 11, 2018, 12:39 AM (IST)

3,000 fined for smoking in public areas

New Delhi, January 10

Cracking the whip against public smoking, the Delhi Police has fined nearly 3,000 smokers in different areas of the city.

The drive against smokers has been launched under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COPTA).

So far, a total of 2,743 smokers have been challaned and a fine amounting to Rs 5.5 lakh has been imposed in South Delhi areas, a police official said.

"11.3 per cent smokers enjoy while other 88.7 per cent non-smokers suffer passive smoking. Exemplary work in enforcement of #COTPA 2 make change in public behavior (sic)," Romil Baaniya, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South), said in a tweet.

The drive, launched on Sunday, will continue in the future as well, he said.

Section 4 of the COTPA prohibits smoking at public places and the sale of tobacco products to minors is prohibited by Section 6 of the Act.

"95 per cent of the challans have been issued to those found smoking at public places," the official said.

The police have tightened noose around those indulging in smoking at public places and those selling tobacco products near schools and colleges in violation of the norms. — PTI

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