SC issued notice to Union Government and States on PIL seeking cigarette and bidi ban

Aug 19, 2014 15:15 IST

The Supreme Court of India on 14 August 2014 issued notice to the Union Government and the States to ban cigarettes and bidis in the country. The notice was issued on a PIL (public interest litigation) that sought ban on cigarettes and bidis in India. The notice was issued by a Supreme Court bench that was headed by the Chief Justice RM Lodha.


The PIL was filed by filmmaker Sunil Rajpal and Counsel Aditya Agrawal. The petitioners in their plea claimed that yearly around 30000 crore rupees is invested on treatment of smoking-related ailments.

Background

Selling of cigarettes and bidis within 100 meters of educational institutions, airports and to minors are banned according to the Cigarette and other Tobacco Product (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003. Apart from this, six years ago, smoking in the public places was also banned, but still the incidents of smoking at public places can be easily seen.

Tobacco kills about six million people every year and is considered as one of the leading causes of preventable death worldwide.

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