Anti-tobacco circular in vain – Bengaluru

Anti-tobacco circular in vain – Bengaluru

The Anti-tobacco circular which was passed last year strictly banning smoking in pubs and hotels in Karnataka State across all urban and local bodies is in vain.

Due to this ban, the bars and restaurants cannot have smoking zones on their premises without prior permission.  The Government issued an anti-tobacco circular on November 17 to this effect.

The Provisions of the smoking ban – Anti-tobacco circular

Due to the smoking ban, the bars and restaurants cannot have smoking zones on their premises without prior permission.  The Government issued an anti-tobacco 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 the smoking ban.

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If any of the establishments violate the rules by not complying to smoking ban/ anti-tobacco circular strictly, the licences will be cancelled with immediate effect.

Loss of Licence :

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 the smoking ban. 

The BBMP, which is the licensing authority, has issued a circular regarding the 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.

Health risks of smoking :

Smoking damages your heart and your blood circulation, increasing your risk of developing conditions such as:

  • coronary heart disease.
  • heart attack.
  • stroke.
  • peripheral vascular disease (damaged blood vessels)
  • cerebrovascular disease (damaged arteries that supply blood to your brain)

Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in the lungs. Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer.

Results of Passive smoking:

  • premature death
  • increases the 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
  • stroke

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.

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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 the 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 the health of non-smokers Act and the Cigrattee & other Tobacco Products Act. (COPTA).

Real scenario – Anti-tobacco circular :

According to Dr Thriveni. B.S. the project Leader of Smoke-Free, Bengaluru not a single bar in the city has applied for a no-objection certificate from the BBMP to ensure that their smoking zones are compliant with the law.

According to the law, the establishments are also not allowed to serve food or liquor, or even water and beverages, at the designated smoking zones on their premises. If these rules cannot be followed, the owners have to clear the smoking zone with immediate effect.

BBMP :

It is the duty and responsibility of the BBMP to issue no-objection certificates.  The certificates are granted after an inspection of smoking rooms in restaurants, bars and hotels. The main criteria are to ensure that they were not a fire hazard and were compliant with the code.

The Excise Department has been asked by the civic body to include the circular into the excise licence in order to strengthen the effort of the BBMP.

Hotels with at least 30 rooms and restaurants with a seating capacity of 30 or more can create exclusive smoking enclosures away from places where food and beverages are served. 

To do that only after taking a no-objection certificate from the tobacco control cell of the BBMP and in strict compliance with fire safety guidelines and a Supreme Court judgement in this regard. 

Health hazards to others :

Smoking in Food & Beverages outlets harms all customers since there is nothing called a safe level of exposure, according to Dr Rao, consultant head and neck oncology surgeon at HCG. “Studies also show that blood samples of workers continuously exposed to smoke in pubs and restaurants contain high nicotine levels. This is a violation of their right to health,” he said. 

The Karnataka Prohibition of Smoking and Protection of Health of Non-smokers Act, 2001, does not permit self-created, designated smoking areas. Moreover, Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act states that hospitality establishments with designated smoking zones should not provide F&B services there. 

According to World Health Organization, Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) mainly Cardiovascular Diseases like Stroke, Diabetes, Cancer and lung diseases are attributed to nearly 61% of deaths in India and in 2008, NCDs accounted for 5.2 million deaths.

Tobacco is one of the risk factors for NCDs and globally 14% of all NCD deaths among adults are attributed to tobacco.

Percentage of smokers die from smoking :

The study of more than 200,000 people, published in BMC Medicine, found about 67 percent of smokers perished from a smoking-related illness. That rate is higher than doctors previously estimated. Tobacco smoke can boost the risk for at least 13 types of cancer. The earlier one quit, the better.

Most statistics look at the overall risk of lung cancer, combining both people who smoke and those who have never smoked. Based on United States statistics, the lifetime risk that a person will develop lung cancer is 6.4 percent or a little greater than one out of every 15 people.

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East Bengaluru – nine pubs closed down

East Bengaluru – nine pubs closed down

East Bengaluru – 9 pubs are closed down by the Fire department.  The fire and emergency services department filed police complaints against owners of pubs and bars in Indiranagar and Jeevanbima Nagar for ignoring notices to fix safety issues on their premises. 

Bengaluru Pub history :

The city’s rendezvous  with beer began as early as 1915. United Breweries (UB), which supplied beer to the British cantonment, was at the time run by a Thomas Leishman, who sold it to Vittal Mallya in 1947.

Mallya’s United Breweries Ltd. produces several brands of lager, including the city’s favourite Kingfisher. Now, the city consumes more than 55% of the Kingfisher beer (all types) sold in the country according to a senior official UB group.

At Ramda’s, believed to be the city’s first pub, an evening usually included a few mugs of Khoday’s draught, served with masala peanuts and vadas.

Closure of pubs in East Bengaluru :

The closure of nine out of 12 pubs and bars in East Bengaluru is attracting a lot of eyes.  According to the officials sufficient time was given to remedy safety issues but in vain.

Bescom has cut the power supply to the pubs and the police has been given orders to arrest the owners if they continue to operate the joints and pubs.

The pubs which are closed are Tipsy Bull, Pecos, The Humming Tree, Escape Hotels, New Leaf Restaurant, BFIat and the Fatty Bao.

Pecos at Indiranagar

According to the department, it had issued 4 to 5 notices to them with instructions to follow the safety measures and be prepared in case of fire accidents.  

It it noted that East Bengaluru has the highest number of Pubs. As the notices were ignored the officials closed down 9 pubs in East Bengaluru.

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – discounts – voters

Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association – is offering discounts to voters on food at city’s hotels on April 18 and 23.   If you are interested in getting discount on food just get your finger inked.

Besides awareness programs by the Election Commission, hotels, restaurants, are adopting a novel method of incentivising voters to perform their democratic duty.

BBHA – Bengaluru :

Bruhat Bangalore Hotels Association is 82 years old, established in the year 1936 by 1st president ship of Shri B.T Ramaiah (1936-44) the founder of Bangalore Hotels Association. Shri K.T Appanna was the 2nd President (1944-48).

Currently 53 members are there in Managing Committee. The association is having 1500 registered members.  The Association every month brings out monthly magazine by name “Athithidevo Bhava” under  head editorial Shri. B Chandra Shekar Hebbar.

The executive committee conducts monthly once a meeting to discuss different  matters related to hotel industries and to solve the problems apart from weekly once on every Friday at 5:30 PM.  

Office bearers of the association conducts a meeting to discuss hotel industry problems and other matters with the permission of the chair person.

Voting awareness by Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association :

The association is planning to put up posters on the hotel premises to remind the voters to cast their vote on election day.  This is to persuade voters to vote. 

According to Veerendra N Kamat, Treasurer of Bruhat Bengaluru Hotels Association this program is to make people realize their responsibility.  It is an initiative to encourage citizens to vote.

Freebies by BBHA :

The members are coming up with the offer of free tea and coffee, a 10-15% on breakfast and around 20% on lunch and dinner.   Some of the hotels are offering free idli with dosa.

One of the hotel at Majestic area will be offering free sweets to all those who would eat at his place and show their inked finger.   The plan is to distribute jelebis this time.  Those who are fond of jelebis please cast your vote and go the hotel with the proof to savour hot jelebis.

These outlets have, however, clarified that they aren’t supporting any particular party and just want to push youngsters and voters to exercise their franchise.

Conclusion :

This is not the first time that food has found its way into election in Karnataka. Earlier, during elections free dosas in the shape of Kannada letters and requests like ‘Nanna matha nanna hakku’ (my vote, my right), ‘Ellaroo mathadana maadi’ (please all of you vote), ‘Praja prabhutva bhadrapadisi’ (strengthen the democracy) were distributed among voters with an aim to spread awareness about elections.

Walk to vote and get discount on food on election day.

Strict smoking ban in bars & Restaurants

Strict smoking ban in bars & Restaurants

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
  • stroke

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).