Indian Government announced that all places of work in the country will be declared smoke free and those found flouting the law will be strictly punished.
“All workplaces in India will be tobacco free and this will come into enforcement in another three to four months time,” Indian Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said today.
He was speaking to reporters after receiving the World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General’s Special Award for taking several initiatives for tobacco control in the country.
The minister said the law will be implemented in restaurants, hotels, airports and all those places where people work.
“People can then smoke on roads or homes, provided their wives allow them,” he said, adding that even at home they will have to seek the permission of their maids as they are their employee.
“Anyone flouting the law will be strictly punished”.
He said the law will be strictly applied keeping in mind the smoke free indoors policy WHO, which was adopted as passive smokers are found to be more at danger as compared to those who actually smoke.
“We need to protect our women and children,” he said.
Ramadoss also announced setting up of a Health Minister Cancer Fund, which he said will be run by professionals and reputed individuals.
Inviting corporates and multi-national companies to contribute for the fund, he said the money will be used to treat those youngsters suffering from cancer.
“There are one billion new cancer cases every year. We want to help out the deprived section of the society. Let us fight till India is declared tobacco free,” he said.