The government has drafted the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Advertisement and Prohibition of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Amendment Act, 2020. One of the major amendments is under Section 6 (A), which has increased the legal age of smoking to 21. According to the amendment, “any person, by any person or who is under twenty-one years of age, and within a radius of one hundred meters of an educational institution. Sale, offer or sale of cigarettes or any other tobacco product Will not allow. ”
Rules will also change regarding the sale of open cigarettesThe government has also demanded a ban on the sale of open cigarettes. Section 7 is being amended saying, “Provided that trade and commerce in cigarettes or any other tobacco product shall be in sealed, intact and original packaging.”
The government also amended this amendment to impose two years of imprisonment and fine ranging from Rs 1,000 to seven years in jail and fine of up to Rs 1 lakh for selling fine to a person below the legal age of smoking for selling tobacco products. is.
The bill also provides for reduction in the sale of producers and illegal cigarettes and tobacco products, under which a penalty of 1 year and a fine of Rs 50,000 can be imposed.
As a penalty for making illegal cigarettes, there can be two years in jail and a fine of Rs 1 lakh. Also, the penalty for smoking in restricted areas is being increased from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000.