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, 2015
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Govt proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes

Source: Business Standard, Date: , 2015

Brushing aside opposition, the Centre on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including a ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from the existing 18. It has also proposed raising of the fine to Rs 1,000 from Rs 200 on smoking in public places, and recommended removal of designated smoking zones in hotels and restaurants. These are some of the major recommendations in the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) (Amendment) Bill 2015, put out by the health ministry on Tuesday to seek suggestions from the public.

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