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Schools empowered to fine tobacco sellers

13 Nov 2017. The West Bengal government has empowered heads of educational institutions in the state to impose fines on anyone selling tobacco products near their premises, news site reported.

Headmasters of schools and principals of colleges have been instructed to fine any individual selling tobacco products within 100 yards of educational facilities INR 200 (EUR 2.60).

"We have sent a circular to all schools and colleges in the state and requested the heads of the institutions to impose fine on anyone violating the Supreme Court order in 2008," state education minister Partha Chatterjee was quoted as saying, referring to legislation that banned the sale and use of tobacco products at and near schools and colleges.

Heads of educational institutions have also been directed to submit reports on their institutions being tobacco-free.

"We want the heads of the educational institutions to ensure that nobody is smoking or chewing tobacco or tobacco products inside the premises. Not only this, they must ensure that there is no evidence of cigarette or bidi butts, tobacco sachets or spitting marks there," Chatterjee was quoted as saying.