B'lore lags behind in enforcing ban on tobacco sale, ads
The Bangalore police could book a mere 62 cases in violation of Cotpa Act, 2003—which prohibits advertisement and regulation of tobacco business—between January and August this year, and collected a paltry Rs 17,210 as fine.
The development is disturbing as Bangalore has the largest population of smokers and tobacco sellers in the State. It is also shocking to see that districts like Mysore, Tumkur, Hassan, Bidar, Koppal and Chikkaballapur have not registered a single case in this regard this year.
On a more positive note, however, Gadag district has registered 3,380 cases and Rs 2,52,615 was collected as fine, followed by Belgaum, with 1,897 cases and Rs 1,89,425, collected as fine.
Bijapur has registered 1,825 cases and seen a collection of Rs 1,81,150 as fine and Chikmagalur has collected Rs 1,64,900 as fine for violation of the Cotpa Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production Supply and Distribution) Act.