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India's Smoking Ban Has Mixed Results

Rediff.com, Posted: Dec 30, 2008

India's efforts to institute a smoking ban in almost all public places since Oct 2 has met with mixed results, reports Rediff. com.

The ban covers hotels, restaurants, pubs, offices and airports. Some states like Maharashtra and Bihar have been reluctant to enforce the ban. Popular movie star Sharukh Khan suggested the Health Minister focus on other issues like rural health. The health minister advised the Chief Minister of the state of West Bengal to stop smoking and asked movie star Amitabh Bachchan not to smoke on screen. Smoking in public places carries a fine of Rs 200 ($4). The health minister wants the finance minister to raise excise duties on tobacco products and pictures of scorpions and lungs will be displayed on cigarette packets.

After tobacco the government is setting its sight on junk food. It will become mandatory for companies manufacturing fast food to display their nutrient contents on the packets.



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