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