Smoking in public to be banned in Nepal from Sunday

Tobacco Control and Regulation Act-2068 that will come in into effect from early next week will prohibits smoking in public places. A nationwide campaign for effective implementation of the much-awaited act was launched on Thursday, August 4, 2011.

The campaign was inaugurated by the Speaker Subas Nembang. According to Shanta Lal Mulmi, Executive Director of Resource Centre for Primary Health Care, that is coordinating the campaign, with 20,000 pamphlets were distributed in the core area of the Kathmandu valley on Thursday alone. This program will be extended to all the 75 districts.

President Dr Rambaran Yadav approved the act on April 29 after it was passed by the parliament. The act comes into effect in 90 days after the president's approval. The anti-tobacco act will come into effect on this August.

A study of the smokers in Nepal show that men start smoking at an average age of 19 while women do so at 23.

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