Indian Government has banned smoking in Public places since October 2008. But smoking in public places continue unabated in most public spaces of India.
Indian government has set up a nation wide toll free helpline number, which citizens can utilize to complain against violation of smoking ban in public places. More than 1600 violations have been reported on the help line from all over India till March 2009.
24×7 Public Smoking ban Complaint Number : 1800-110-456
Citizens should not be afraid to call this number to lodge complaints, since they keep the caller’s details anonymous (name and city will be noted just for record keeping).
Note the address of the place where the public smoking takes place and provide it to the toll free number. Since the number is toll free and 24×7 one call it during any time, day or night. The toll free number even works from mobile phones.
The calls are handled at Delhi and they will send a nodal officer from the state to enforce the ban and fine the violators. Additionally, since most states have banned sales of Gutka, complaints can also be made against shops that sell Gutka/pan at the same number.
As per the rules, Citizens can even go to a police station and file a complaint against the smoking ban violators, but the helpline is an easy and anonymous way to lodge complaints.
Fine for public smoking is Rs.200
(Public) Places where smoking is banned:
- Tea/Juice/Snack Shops (places outside the tea shop is technically a public place even if it is a road, since it is an extension of the place of tea consumption)
- Public transport
- And their related facilities
- Bus stands/stations
- Railway stations
- Amusement centres
- Offices (government and private)
- Post offices
- Shopping malls
- Refreshment room
- Banquet halls
- Coffee houses
- Educational institutions
Places where smoking is allowed:
- Inside one’s personal vehicle (cars)
- Inside one’s home
- Designated smoking zones at hotels etc
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