COTPA: Shop owners fined

Mysuru, June 16:- Officials of the District Health and Family Welfare Department, District Tobacco Control Cell and Periyapattana Police carried out a special drive in Periyapattana taluk on Saturday to curb sales and use of tobacco products in public places.

During the drive, the officials booked 14 cases against shopkeepers for not displaying instruction boards at their shops under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA) and collected a fine of Rs. 1,810 from them.

“COTPA aims at regulating the use of cigarettes and other tobacco products. As per the Act, if anyone is found selling cigarettes or other tobacco products within 100 yards from school campuses, they will be fined. Tobacco products are not supposed to be sold to people under the age of 18. Smoking is prohibited at cinema theatres, government and private offices. Signboards of the effects of tobacco consumption should be in place at all shops. Advertising tobacco products in shops is an offence and shop owners will be held responsible if such ads are found. Complaints can be filed against the person at the nearest police station and the police will act against such violators,” said the officials.

Rs 1,350 has been collected in the form of penalty from the shops not exhibiting the signboards. Police have registered 13 complaints of violation of the Act. (MR/KS).

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