7-year jail, `1L fine for sell­ing to­bacco prod­ucts to mi­nors

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

Sell­ing or of­fer­ing cig­a­rettes or other to­bacco prod­ucts to mi­nors will in­vite a jail term of up to seven years and a max­i­mum fine of Rs 1 lakh from Fri­day on­wards. The pro­vi­sions are part of the Ju­ve­nile Jus­tice (Care and Pro­tec­tion of Chil­dren) Act, 2015 cleared by Par­lia­ment last month and set to be no­ti­fied on Fri­day. The new law also paves the way for those be­tween 16 and 18 years of age ac­cused of heinous crimes to be tried as adults, pun­ish­able with a jail term of up to seven years.

To shield mi­nors from the harm­ful ef­fects of smok­ing and tighten the noose around those sell­ing pan masala, gutka and cig­a­rettes to chil­dren, the govern­ment has for the first time made pro­vid­ing to­bacco prod­ucts to chil­dren un­der 18 years a crim­i­nal of­fence un­der ju­ve­nile jus­tice law.


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