In a move to curb tobacco consumption and prevent tobacco spitting, the state government issued a government resolution (GR) Wednesday to all the offices of the state public health department including primary health and TB and leprosy hospitals to put up anti-tobacco messages at strategic points in their premises.
Under Section 116 of the Mumbai Police Act, 1951, spitting at public places is banned. The state now plans to take stringent action against offenders who spit tobacco, gutka, paan masala, areca nut at health institutions. The GR also stated that despite having a ban on smoking or chewing tobacco in public spaces, the practice has not been curbed in the state.
The GR issued on Wednesday said, “Spitting due to the tobacco chewing not only defaces the public property, but also causes harmful effects on health such as cancers, respiratory diseases, heart diseases and other fatal diseases.”