Nepal continues crackdown against public smoking, grills 440

KATHMANDU: The Nepal Police has aggressively launched the drive against public smoking and held as many as 440 persons after the campaign was started on June 27.

According to Metropolis Police Range, Hanumandhoka, the arrestees have been freed after making them aware of the legal provision along with the health hazards of smoking in the public places.

Spokesperson of the Range, Dhiraj Pratap Singh said, “We have been keeping vigilance on those smoking and selling tobacco products in public places. We arrest and make them aware if they are found smoking or selling tobacco products.”

Smoking and selling tobacco products in the public areas is banned after the implementation of the Tobacco Control and Regulatory Act.

The Act has defined government buildings, health and educational institutions, public vehicles, industries and factories, hotels, religious sites as public places.

According to the regulations, one is likely to charge Rs 100 to Rs 5,000 for smoking and selling tobacco products in the public place.

Consumption of tobacco products is regarded as the main problem to human health in Nepal by the Ministry of Health and Population though the latest demographic survey has revealed that the number of tobacco users is decreasing in the country.

Secretary at the Ministry Dr Prabin Mishra said, “Consumption of tobacco products is the main cause of non-communicable diseases like cancer, heart diseases and diseases related to respiratory track.”

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), tobacco is the main cause for lung cancer. Similarly, a total of 42 persons die every day in Nepal, thanks to the consumption of tobacco products. RSS

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