Government proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes despite opposition

January 13, 2015 3:26 PM

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Government proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes despite opposition

Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18.

It has also proposed raising of fine to Rs 1000 from Rs 200 on smoking in public places as well as recommending removal of designated smoking zones in hotels and restaurants. These are some of the major recommendations in the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Re...

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