Tuesday, June 13, 2006

SC orders smoking ban in public places

The Supreme Court (SC) on Tuesday ordered the government to ban smoking in all public places.

A division bench of justices Anup Raj Sharma and Rajendra Prasad Koirala passed the order this afternoon.

The apex court also ordered the government to ban the advertisements of cigarettes and tobacco products in the print media.

Ordering the government to create public awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use, the SC also asked the government to formulate an appropriate law on smoking.

A non-governmental organization had filed a public interest litigation at the SC asking for the ban a year ago.

The court order will have serious effects on advertising in the print media.

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