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Posted at: Apr 17, 2018, 12:04 AM; last updated: Apr 17, 2018, 12:04 AM (IST)

Juvenile Smoking Bill


THE report of the Select Committee of the Juvenile Smoking Bill and the Bill itself as amended by that Committee have already been published. The principal change made by the Committee is to remove clause 4 altogether from the Bill, making consequential change in the preamble of the Bill. The preamble, as it originally stood, declared the object of the Bill to be twofold, first to prevent the smoking in public places by juveniles under the age of sixteen, of cigars, secondly, to prohibit the sale of cigars, cigarettes or tobacco to children of such age. The Select Committee by omitting clause 4 and making the consequential change in the preamble have thus laid the axe at the root of the main object of the Bill, namely, to place a curb on the appalling growth in the practice of smoking cigarettes and tobacco by juveniles.


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