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K'taka: Excise dept orders removal of smoking rooms in bars, pubs

ANI | Updated: Apr 21, 2019 13:35 IST

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], April 21 (ANI): Excise department has ordered mandatory removal of smoking rooms from bars, pubs, and restaurants, in connection with their license agreements.
According to a directive issued in this regard, the move has been taken to curb violations of second-hand smoking.
As per the Karnataka Protection of Non-smoker’s act 2001, no hotels are allowed to have smoking rooms. Adherence to this rule is also an important consumer right issue for all passive smokers.
Smoking in public places is already prohibited under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) of 2013. The COTPA also bans all forms of advertising and promotion of tobacco products.
The sale to or by minors and within 100 yards of educational institutes is also prohibited. (ANI)