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CADD Ministry to introduce anti-smoking law in Parliament

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Published: July 18, 2016 02:02 pm

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of Capital Administration and Development Division (CADD) has decided to introduce bill in the Parliament to ban use of tobacco at public places following the recommendation of Supreme Court.

The CADD department is preparing a model draft law with the help of suggested actions recommended by international organizations including United Nations agencies and also adding rules of the Tobacco Vendors Act, 1958 to discourage the use of tobacco.

Earlier, a two member bench of Supreme Court directed the administrations and district governments to strengthen the laws against smoking. According to CADD, the new anti-smoking law will ban the use of tobacco at public gatherings including political and public rallies, protests and sit-ins, religious meetings, cultural and fashion shows and musical concerts. A section about penalty for tobacco smoking will be also incorporated in traffic tickets.

Under new anti-smoking law, the managers of public gatherings will have to obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the relevant district government before the gatherings. The organizers have to submit an affidavit stating that gathering will be smoke free and no one will use tobacco in it.

CADD department will oversee anti-smoking measures by constituting a task force under the Chief Commissioner to ensure implementation on all anti-smoking laws in federal capital.

The legislation will also provide a mechanism for tobacco vendors to obtain the certificate/ license to sell tobacco and these certificates will be issued to those vendors who will fulfil the said criteria. Additionally, through new legislation, the department will also ensure the prohibition of illegal sale of cigarette in the city.

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