Jaipur, October 03, 2008
Few respondents while talking about the penalty mentioned that ‘putting penalty will not serve the purpose until the production of tobacco is banned’. While asking about the strict implementation of the rule, 15 percentages of the people said ‘no’ or ‘don’t care’. This indicates that there is huge scope for making good ‘earning by strict enforcing’ by the enforcement agencies.
This survey was in series of previous interventions of CUTS CART in the area of Tobacco Control Initiatives. CUTS CART has been implementing various activities since year 2006 and is also currently implementing a project “Tobacco Control Campaign by Mobilizing Key Stakeholders in Rajasthan State” in collaboration with WHO and MoHFW with a special focus on youth. CUTS is working for the strict enforcement of the ban of smoking in public places.
It was observed during the survey that both literate and illiterate people are welcoming the ban but youths are not ready to follow the rule. They seem to be more reactive. Few respondents wanted the rural places like chopals, dharamshalas and other religious places also to be publicised as public places. One respondent at Government Satellite Hospital suggested including even roads as public places.