New Delhi: Smoking in public places is not only dangerous for the smoker, but causes ill-effects on the health of the people nearby.
Taking note of the situation of public smoking in the city, Delhi Police have started taking action against people who are seen smoking in public places or selling tobacco within a radius of 100 yards of educational institutions.
The drive, which was held on December 30 and on Wednesday, has so far resulted in 2,000 challans being issued under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003.
Police said the drive was started in South East Delhi on December 30, when all police stations in South East District went to public places and educational institutions. More than 1,100 challans were issued on that day alone.
The second drive, conducted on Wednesday, resulted in over 1,000 challans being issued in the district.
Most of the 2,000 odd challans were issued under Section 4 of COTPA, which prohibits smoking at all public places.
Some other persons were challaned under Section 6 (B), which states that "no person shall sell, offer for sale or permit sale of, cigarettes or any other tobacco product in an area within a radius of one hundred yards of any educational institution."
The other sections in which challans were issued include Section 7 (pictorial health warnings on tobacco packs), Section 5 (prohibition of brand promotion of all tobacco products) and Section 6 (no person shall sell, offer for sale or permit sale of cigarettes or any other tobacco product to any person who is under eighteen years of age).
The city police plans to continue keeping an eye on people involved in such activities.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Chinmoy Biswal told Millennium Post that they are conducting the drive to create awareness among the masses.
"This drive is going in the district as many people were in violation. More action is being taken against the violators," said the DCP.