Madurai: On Wednesday government imposed a ban on sale and use of cigarettes in the State. Minister for Health and Family Welfare UT Khader announced the ban on the sale of cigarettes. He told to media that the decision has been taken on the suggestion of the committee of cancer prevention. In this regard a notification has also been issued on Wednesday. Battery-powered cartridges are used in cigarettes to produce a nicotine-laced vapor.
The city police have begun a gigantic on slaughter on shopkeepers selling cigarettes near schools and colleges. This follows the recent high court directive to check smoking in public places and form special squad to search shops and take away tobacco products. The action is expected to prevent minors from getting edict by cigarettes and other tobacco products. The police arrested 42 shopkeepers from the city. All shopkeepers were prisoned under section of Cigarette and Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation in Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003. They were released by bail. Officer conveyed that they first marked shops located near schools and colleges selling cigarettes. The shopkeepers were found supplying cigarettes to minors. Police conveyed that they would not stop the crackdown. They would continue to examine the shops. Moreover, the city police are planning to severely implement the ban on smoking at bus stands, on roads, in parks, theatres complexes and other public places.