The Centre has ready a invoice to lift the age for permitting sale of cigarettes and tobacco merchandise to 21 years from the present 18 years. The federal government has drafted the Cigarettes and different Tobacco Merchandise (Prohibition of Commercial and Regulation of Commerce and Commerce, Manufacturing, Provide and Distribution) Modification Act, 2020.
The supply for elevating the age restrict to 21 years is a part of the brand new invoice being piloted by the Union Well being Ministry. The invoice seeks to amend additional the Cigarettes and different Tobacco Merchandise (Prohibition of Commercial and Regulation of Commerce and Commerce, Manufacturing, Provide and Distribution) Act, 2003.
Underneath the amendments proposed within the invoice, “No particular person shall promote, provide on the market, or allow sale of, cigarette or another tobacco product – (a) to or by any one that is below twenty-one years of age, and in an space inside a radius of 100 meters of any academic establishment.”
Part 7 is being amended to say, “Supplied that the commerce and commerce in cigarette or another tobacco product shall be in sealed, intact and unique packaging.” It additionally provides a provision, “No particular person shall, instantly or not directly, produce, provide or distribute cigarettes or another tobacco merchandise until each package deal of cigarettes or another tobacco merchandise produced, equipped or distributed by him is having minimal amount as could also be prescribed.”
Contravention of this Part 7 will result in imprisonment of two years or superb going as much as Rs 1 lakh and second conviction resulting in jail for five years or superb going as much as Rs 5 lakh.
The invoice additionally has a provision for coming down on manufacture and sale of illicit cigarettes and tobacco merchandise. Sale of illicit merchandise will result in punishment of imprisonment of 1 yr and a superb of Rs 50,000 and a second conviction of imprisonment of two years and Rs 1 lakh. The superb on manufacture of illicit cigarettes is imprisonment of two years and superb of Rs 1 lakh.
The penalty for smoking at restricted areas is being elevated from Rs 200 to Rs 2,000.
The modification on promoting says, “No particular person shall instantly or not directly promote cigarettes or another tobacco merchandise by way of any medium and no particular person shall participate in any commercial that instantly or not directly promote the use or consumption of cigarettes or another tobacco merchandise.”
Within the Preamble, after the phrases “…..take concerted motion to ultimately eradicate all direct and oblique promoting, promotion and sponsorship regarding tobacco” the phrases, “AND WHEREAS, India is a signatory to the World Well being Group Framework Conference on Tobacco Management 9WHO FCTC) adopted in Geneva, Switzerland on 21st day of Might, 2003 which got here into power on the 27th day of February, 2005” will likely be inserted.