HIMALAYAN NEWS SERVICE
KATHMANDU: Police today gave a hint of strict enforcement of Tobacco Control and Regulation Act-2068 as they arrested 130 people for puffing on cigarettes in public places. Of the arrested, 15 were women.
This is the first time that action was initiated against people for smoking in public places.Tobacco Control and Regulation Act bars people from smoking in public places and an offender is liable to a fine of Rs 100.
Smokers were caught unawares as police cracked down on them all of a sudden today, almost 10 months after the law came into force. Kathmandu Police Chief SSP Jaya Bahadur Chand said the smokers were caught in the act in New Road, Durbar Marg, Kamalpokhari, Singha Durbar and Ratna Park areas. “The offenders were released soon after they agreed in writing not to smoke in public places in future,” said SSP Chand. “But tomorrow onwards the law will be enforced strictly and anyone found puffing on a fag in public places will be slapped with a fine of Rs 100.”
The anti-smoking law that came into force on August 7 has categorised government offices, corporations, educational institutions, libraries, airports, public vehicles, orphanages, childcare centres, cinema halls, homes for the elderly, cultural centres, children’s gardens, hotels, restaurants, resorts, girls and boys’ hostels, department stores, religious sites and industries as public places. The law also prohibits sale and distribution of tobacco-related products in these areas.