As part of the drive by the Ludhiana health department to make the city smoke free, raids were conducted at various places in the city on Wednesday in which 48 people were fined for violating Tobacco Products Act 2003. Raids were conducted by district health officer Dr Abnash Singh along with his team while Dr Pushpinder Singh Kooka had come specially from state toboacco control cell, Government of Punjab.
Raids were conducted in shopping malls, markets, public places located in Sarabha Nagar, Ferozepur road, Salem Tabri, Jalandhar bypass, bus stand etc areas. Pan shop owners in Sarabha Nagar were issued warning for displaying advertisements of tobacco containing products and they were told to rectify the same within a day.
Apart from this, it was told by the officers that sale of e-cigarette was banned as it contained high amount of nicotine and hence warned the sellers not to indulge in unfair practices. They also told the shopkeepers that 40% of the space on the cigarette packet should contain message about cigarette’s harmful effects on body. Interestingly, the team also found that tobacco products were being sold to minors as well at few locations.
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