Smoking ban strictly in bars and restaurants, pubs and hotels in Karnataka State across all urban local bodies. The Government has imposed a complete ban across the State.
The Provisions of smoking ban
Due to smoking ban, the bars and restaurants cannot have smoking zones in their premises without prior permission. The Government issued a circular on November 17 to this effect.
The establishments can earmark a smoking Zone by taking prior permission but should not provide furniture, seating arrangements or curtains to smokers due to smoking ban.
If any of the establishments violate the rules by not complying to smoking ban strictly, the licences will be cancelled with immediate effect.
The IT City Bengaluru’s bars, pubs and restaurants are at the risk of losing their trade licence if they do not provide smoking areas due to smoking ban. The BBMP, which is the licensing authority, has issued a circular regarding strict smoking ban. The enterprises are to close down smoking areas where food and beverages are served.
According to the findings of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, the health of the public in general is affected by passive smoking. The Government has passed a circular on 17th November strictly smoking ban in public places.
Results of Passive smoking:
- premature death
- increase risk of coronary heart disease by 25-40%
- 69 cancer causing chemicals
- respiratory illness in children
- causes asthma
- bronchitis and pneumonia
- lung cancer, heart disease
Studies have shown that blood samples of workers exposed continuously to smoke in pubs and restaurants contain levels of high nicotine and this is a violation of their right to health.
People who have never smoked and who live with people who do smoke are at increased risk to a range of tobacco-related diseases.
The move by the Government by smoking ban is to protect the rights of non-smokers and curb the effects of passive smoking as per Karnataka Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of health of non-smokers Act and the Cigratte & other Tobacco Products Act. (COPTA).