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The Himalayan Times : Smoking in public to cost up to one lakh – Detail News : Nepal News Portal


KATHMANDU: The Metropolitan Police Range Hanumandhoka in coordination
with the Kathmandu District Administration Office (KDAO) is slapping on
people smoking in public places penalty ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 1 lakh.

DSP Dhiraj Pratap Singh, spokesperson for the range, informed they have
not fined anyone for smoking in public areas till date.

Police have kept a record of smokers arrested on the first and the second
day of the crackdown. Singh said they are also taking classes to educate
people on the harmful effects of the tobacco.

Police release the offenders three hours after their attention. Singh
said they will not spare repeat offenders and they will have to pay steep

Since Wednesday, the day the crackdown began, police have arrested 247
for the smoking offence. The anti-smoking law defines government offices,
corporations, educational institutions, libraries, airports, public
vehicles, orphanages, childcare centres, cinema halls, elderly homes,
cultural centres, children’s parks, hotels, restaurants, resorts,
hostels, department stores, religious sites and industries as public
places, prohibiting the sale and distribution of tobacco-related products
in these areas. The Anti-Tobacco Act-2010, which the Parliament passed in
April 2011 and took effect from August 2011, has it that individuals and
firms, which breach the law, will have to pay a fine of Rs 100 to 100,000
depending on the nature of violations. The Act has also made mandatory to
allocate 75 per cent of the space on cigarette packs or wrappers for
pictorial health warning.

Komal Acharya, member-secretary of the policy framework committee on
anti-tobacco act, said they are working in close coordination with KDAO
and the metropolitan police for effective implementation of the act.

He said the police crackdown on smoking in public places is in keeping
with the act.

Every year 16,000 people die because of tobacco consumption in Nepal, 90
per cent of them from lung cancer, according to records at hospitals.
Twenty-nine per cent smokers are females and 49 per cent are male. There
are 38 tobacco factories in the country and four per cent of the total
income goes on tobacco consumption.

According to the Nepal Demographic Health Survey 2011, 52 per cent male
and 13.3 per cent female (15-49) use tobacco.

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