Smoking in public places still a Concern
Nearly six years after the union government banned smoking in public places, it continues to be a concern in many places.On the Occasion of World No Smoking Day observed on second Wednesday of every march, researchers and public health experts spoke on the need for tackling smoking in public places in the larger interest of society.
When the results of october 2013 survey are compared with that of august 2012 findings,a decrease in four percent was observed among people smoking indoors.The placement of mandatory signage has almost doubled from 23 percent in 2012 to 41 percent in 2013.It was unfortunate that many places,including the international airport were not following the norms of cigarettes and other Tobacco products ( Prohibition of Advertisement and regulation of trade and commerce,production,supply and distribution) act, 2003,popularly known as COPTA. Pragathi hebbar, advocacy officer at IPH, said lack of awareness regarding displaying “No -Smoking” signage’s and prohibiting smoking in public places had been a major drawback. ”Although awareness is on the rise now,there should be increased enforcement of the law.” she said.