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PIL in Supreme Court To Raise Smoking Age, Ban Loose Cigarettes Sale

Lawstreet Journal 1 Jun 2022 1:12am

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On Monday, a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) was filed in the Supreme Court, requesting that designated smoking zones be removed from commercial establishments and airports, the smoking age be raised from 18 to 21, and the sale of cigarettes be banned near educational institutions, healthcare institutions, and places of worship.

The petition also sought guidelines on increasing the penalty for smoking in public places, banning the sale of loose cigarettes, and developing guidelines for dealing with air filtering in smoking zones.

The plea stated that,

"Issue guidelines and directions for closing the dedicated smoking zones at airports, clubs, restaurants, hotels, public places, and even in private properties being used for commercial purposes in a phased manner so as not to induce smoking among nonsmokers. Issue directions towards increasing the age to smoke from 18 to 21 years.”

According to the petition filed by advocates Shubham Awasthi and Saptarishi Mishra, the sale and addiction of cigarettes in the country as such products affect citizens' right to health, and open smoking in places such as airports, restaurants, and clubs in designated smoking zones influences the adolescent population to take up smoking in the wrong way.

The plea also said that,

“In 2018, WHO released its factsheet on the prevalence of tobacco consumption in India and it has quoted the younger population in India to be at increased chances of cardio-vascular diseases and tobacco among which cigarettes are a major contributor killing 9 million people in India or 9.5 percent of all… Continue Reading...

Tagged: Supreme Court of India   Smoking   cigarettes   Adv Shubham Awasthi   Adv Saptarishi Mishra  
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