As the Health Ministry prepares to enforce a ‘smoke-free workplace policy’ from October 2, a petition challening the ban is up for hearing on September 30
The rule says;
– No person smokes in work places, shopping malls, and cinema theatres.
– Public spaces have to specifically display a board stating ‘No smoking area – smoking here is an offence’ in English and other Indian Languages. Separate boards to be displayed at every entrance/floor.
– No ashtrays, matches, lighters to be provided in work places, shopping malls and cinema theatres.
– If owners fail to penalise smokers, they have to pay up fines equal to number of offences. The fine is Rs200 for each individual offence, but there’s a move to raise that to Rs1,000
Now the question is WILL WE GET SMOKE FREE WORKPLACES?