No Drinking/Smoking in public places
As announced, it would be prohibited to consume alcohol and even smoke in public areas as from the 1st March 2009.
Any persons not abiding by this rule will be considered as breaching the law, thus punishable.
Additionally, cigarettes will be sold only in packets and advertising of alcohol will be prohibited as from the above mentioned date.
A much healthier environment.
Personally, I welcome this new law with great enthusiasm.
Sometimes, (some?) people don’t even realise that the smoke they are exhaling out in circles is suffocating the person sitting next to them!
By limiting the number of places where people will be allowed to smoke, we can hope to live in a much pleasant atmosphere, without the need to watch out for cigarette smoke around you!
As well as a decrease in the number of crashed alcohol bottles or even fighting in public places, due to some guys who have an excess of alcohol in their blood.
We can also hope for fewer deaths caused by smoking, alcohol (drinking and driving) as well as a longer life expectancy! This new regulation aims to decrease the number of smokers and alcohol drinkers. By strictly controlling the sales of cigarettes, the government hopes that the younger ones will find it more difficult to get cigarettes since they will only be sold in packets.
Smoking/no smoking zones
It is also important to note that legally, smoking will not be allowed in restaurants and even nightclubs!
However, I read on newspapers that some companies (tobacco/alcohol industry) are trying to negotiate with the government for
- Creation of “Smoking zones” in some public places (as it is the case in some restaurants and abroad).
- A revision of the law, which they find too harsh for the customer and really bad for this sector.
- Contributing to the awareness of the population.
I find this a bit controversial though!
And what if I am caught?
lol, being a non-smoker, I don’t think that I will be fined for smoking.
As for alcohol, I am only a social drinker *cough* *cough*
The fines range from Rs5000 up to Rs10,000 and a maximum of 12months of imprisonment!
Now your turn!
Smoking is bad for health, prend compte!
Drinking is bad too, but however, I will gladly welcome a few beers, some glasses of vodca-redbull, accompanied by some shots of tequila and finally a kamikaze or a long island ice tea!
Feel free to express yourselves!