The Advertisement Board has required all the bodies concerned to fully abide by the legal provisions while producing and disseminating advertisements.

It has sought the implementation of the provisions that ban the advertisements for alcoholic and tobacco products.

Stating that some newspapers and several media were found to be displaying advertisements for alcoholic beverages and tobacco products during the festival time and the same practice was noticed in hoarding boards placed at different parts of the country, the board has said it is all against the Public Health Act-2018 and the Advertising Regulations Act- 2020.

It has sought the prompt removal of hoarding boards promoting the alcoholic drinks and tobacco products.

"The move is punishable by the law," the board warned in a press statement.

The Public Health Act has banned the production, distribution, dissemination and transmission of advertising materials that adversely affect human health, including that of alcohol, cigarette, tobacco or tobacco-based substances, and the Advertising Regulation Act supports the same idea, the board has reminded.

A version of this article appears in the print on November 13, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.