Health Minister JP Nadda has said that government has accepted the proposal to prohibit the sale of loose or single stick of cigarette and increase the minimum legal age for sale of tobacco products. In a written reply, Nadda informed this to Rajya Sabha today.
The proposal mooted by an expert committee set up by the Health Ministry also recommended increasing the fine or penalty amounts for violations of provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, as well as making such offences cognizable.
The proposal is yet to be sent to the Cabinet for approval as the Health Ministry is still awaiting comments from other ministries.
The Health Ministry had set up a committee headed by former Delhi government principal secretary Ramesh Chandra to recommend measures to bring down the consumption of tobacco products and curb their sale.