New Delhi, January 15: Cigarette smoking is injurious to health and a penalty of Rs 200 is charged as per law for smoking at public places. The law just became more strict and from Friday onwards, selling cigarettes to minors will end up 7 years of sellers life in jail. Also, if the seller is caught red handed, he will have to pay Rs 1 lakh as fine.
Under the new provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 cleared by the Parliament last month, the new laws were set to be notified from Friday. According to the new law, the underage offenders will be brought under the purview of the heinous crimes as adults and brought to justice with 7 years of punishment in jail. CHewing tobacco too comes has been added under the new provision of the law and has been declared as harmful.
The new provisions have been made for the underage people — 16-18 years — to prevent them from the harmful effects of smoking and tighten the noose around those selling pan masala, gutka and cigarettes to children. This is for the first time that a provision has been added in the existing Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015, which till now only covered liquor and narcotics. (Also Read: E-cigarettes may lead to cancer: study)
Although, the present Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Product (Prohibition of Advertisement & Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act prohibits the sale of cigarettes or other tobacco products to people below 18 years and in areas within a 100-metre radius of educational institutions, the law is hardly been followed and students are often seen smoking cigarettes. The rule also states that giving drugs or psychotropic substances to minors is an offence under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act.