Karnataka govt sets age limit for sale of cigarettes to 21

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BENGALURU: The Karnataka government presented the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Bill, 2024, which increased the age limit of sale of cigarettes from 18 years to 21 years.

The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Manufacture, Supply and Distribution) (Karnataka Amendment) Bill was passed in the Assembly on Wednesday. The sale of cigarettes to people under 21 is also prohibited in the state.

Speaking about this in the House, Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao warned that cigarettes cannot be sold to people under the age of 21 years from now on. “Earlier, the age limit for sale of cigarettes was fixed at 18 years, now the age limit has been increased to 21 years,” he said.

“Also, cigarettes cannot be sold within 100 meters of schools. There are small traders who also sell groceries. A fine of Rs 10,000 will be a problem. So we have limited it to Rs 1,000,” he said.

The Health Minister further said that we have banned hookah bar in any bar and restaurant, and other places. “Unauthorized operation of hookah bar shall be punishable with imprisonment not less than one year and extending to three years and a fine of Rs.50,000 to Rs 1 lakh. There is a possibility to impose fines along with jail term if violation is reported”, he added.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said on Wednesday that a country is secure only if the states are secure, adding that the Centre should not try to weaken the states.

Replying to the debate on the governor’s speech in the Legislative Council, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said,” Our constitution has designed that we will have a federal system. The whole country has accepted this. But the federal system should not be destroyed. Narendra Modi says ‘cooperative federalism’. But the same is not seen in him or in the Union Government’s behaviour.” (ANI)

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