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Vigorous implementation of COTPA in Tripura
Published on 1 Jun. 2010 1:06 AM IST
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The Tripura government has reaffirmed strict implementation of Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003 in pursuance of the Central rule.
State Health Minister Tapan Chakraborty said that the authority urged all concerned to follow the rule and to vigorously implement the blanket ban on tobacco use in public places. He said that the health department had issued notification in this regard on December 22 last year following which an all encompassing ban was implemented on tobacco use in all forms as well as advertisement of tobacco products.
‘’The ban was put on smoking in public places, advertisement, sponsorship and promotion of tobacco products, sale of tobacco products to minors while warning labels on tobacco products was also made mandatory,’’ Mr Chakraborty said.
The notification also empowered police officials at the rank of Sub-Inspector and above, food inspectors, school inspectors to take necessary actions in case of violation of the ban.
According to the prohibition act, a violator can be sentenced with two years of imprisonment or with fine of Rs 5000, or with both. For second or subsequent offences, the jail term may even extend up to five years and with fine it may extend to Rs 10,000. Meanwhile, offenders in the category of sellers, distributors are liable to be punished, with one year imprisonment or with fine which may extend to Rs 1000 or with both while for second or subsequent violations the punishment may invite two years imprisonment and Rs 3000 as fine.

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