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Lax implementation of ban on consumption of tobacco products at public places

The metropolitan had issued a public notice stating that a fine of Rs 100 would be imposed if anyone was found consuming tobacco products at public places with effect from Sept 17.

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KATHMANDU: The Kathmandu Metropolitan City has banned the consumption of tobacco products at public places within the metropolitan since Sept 17, but the decree has not been fully abided by the general public.

The metropolitan had issued a public notice stating that a fine of Rs 100 would be imposed if anyone was found consuming tobacco products at public places with effect from Sept 17.

One can find people consuming tobacco products openly at Ratna Park, New Road, Asan, Sundhara and such places where there is crowding.

Sunil Lamsal, a member of KMC mayor Balendra Shah’s secretariat, said the metropolis police have been carrying out regular monitoring to enforce the edict and those flouting the rule will face action any time.

It is said those breaching the rule will face action and imposed fine on the basis of the Tobacco Products Control and Regulation Act, 2068 BS.

It may be recalled here that the 11th general assembly of the KMC Municipal Council has already endorsed the policy of enforcing in an effective manner the ban on the consumption of tobacco products and smoking at public places.

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