Smoking in Public Places
- Smoking is strictly prohibited in all public places in India
- Public Places” include auditoriums, Auditorium, Hospital Buildings, Health Institutions, Amusement Centres, Restaurants, Hotels, Public Offices, Court Buildings, Educational Institutions, Libraries, Public Conveyances, Open Auditorium, Stadium, Railway Stations, Bus Stops/stands, Workplaces, Shopping Malls, Cinema Halls, Refreshment Rooms, Discotheques, Coffee House, Pubs, Bars and Airport Lounge.
- Any violation of this act is a punishable offence with fine upto Rs. 200
- However, a hotel having thirty or more rooms or restaurant having a seating capacity of thirty persons or more & airports may provide/have a separate smoking area or space, as required by the rules.
- The owner, proprietor, manager supervisor or in-charge of the affairs of a public place shall ensure that:
- No person smokes in the public place (under his jurisdiction/implied)
- Display board of minimum size of 60 cm by 30 cm with the message “No Smoking Area – Smoking here is an offence” at the entrance(s) of the Public place and conspicuous place(s) inside is mandatory
- No ashtrays, matches, lighters or other things designed to facilitate smoking are provided in the public place
- The owner, proprietor, manager, supervisor or in charge of the affairs of a public place shall notify and display prominently the name of the person to whom a complaint of any violation may be made
- If the owner, proprietor, manager, supervisor or the authorized officer of a public place fails to act on report of such violation, the owner, proprietor, manager, supervisor or the authorized officer shall be liable to pay fine equivalent to the number of individual offences.
As per the notification GSR 417(E) dated 30th May 2008, the Central Government has revised the rules to ‘Smoking in Public Places‘ w.e.f 2nd October, 2008.
For more information on Prohibition of Smoking in Public Place :
- visit http://www.mohfw.nic.in.
- Prohibition of Smoking in Public Place Notification
- Guidance sheet for implementation of the ‘Smokefree Rules’ under Tobacco Control Laws