About 400 fined in Delhi for smoking in public places

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New Delhi, Oct 7 (UNI) Nearly 400 people, including one woman, have been booked in Delhi since October 2 for violating the ban on smoking in public places that has come into force across the country from Gandhi Jayanti.

As part of enforcement of the Union Health Ministry's order prohibiting smoking in places like restaurants, offices, bars, libraries, malls, trains, taxis and buses, the Health Department of the Delhi Government has booked 383 people, including one woman, at 464 public places, head of enforcement at the department Dr Vashisht said.

At the same time, the department has fined 15 people, all men, for smoking in public transport vehicles like buses and taxis, Dr Vashisht told UNI.

Thus, a total of 398 people have been fined under the Health Ministry's order to ban smoking in public places and public transport vehicles.

A total of three people have been booked today from 132 public places for violating the Health Ministry's order while 54 others were booked for smoking at 350 public transport vehicles, Dr Vashisht said.

The Health Ministry's order provides for a fine of Rs 200 for persons who indulge in smoking in public places like restaurants, offices, bars, libraries and malls as well as public transport vehicles like trains and buses.

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