Dr. Saurabh Gupta, Cancer Surgeon of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh

Delhi, Jan10,2019 : Smokers will be penalized if caught smoking  anywhere on Delhi Metro station premises such as at the gates or parking areas of metro stations. 

The Delhi Metro Police are all set to strictly implement the anti-tobacco law on the  Metro station premises in Delhi by penalizing violators.

This came after Police was sensitised about various provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003 and health hazards of tobacco use during a workshop, held by the NGO Sambandh Health Foundation (SHF) at Rajouri Garden on Thursday.

All 16 Metro Police Stations will undertake the drive. Delhi  Metro has network of 236 Metro stations on 327 km long track and around 28 lakh people commute by Metro daily. Delhi Metro Police cover stations which are in Delhi.

The drive is part of a campaign launched by the Delhi Police in association with SHF and Max India Foundation. A month ago, a similar workshop was held with the Railway Police. 

“Like the Railway Police, the Metro Police will also take action against smokers who cause inconvenience to others through passive smoking in areas under their jurisdiction,” said Dinesh Kumar Gupta, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) of Railways, who also holds the additional charge of the Metro Police.

Gupta, also underlined that all Metro stations are tobacco-free zones and  ‘No Smoking’ boards are displayed prominently in Metro, still people used to smoke at the gates and parking areas of stations which affects others. Police will take action on violators and protect non-smokers from passive smoking.

During the workshop, Cancer Surgeon & also a Patron of Voice Of Tobacco Victims (VoTV) Dr. Saurabh Gupta, Cancer Surgeon of Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh said, “Smoking causes 90% of lung cancers. This leads to a major loss of quality of life, trauma and financial difficulties to the family. Passive smoking is equally harmful and contributes to 10% of all deaths. The police can help reduce this by stepping up implementation of the COTPA.” 

Dr Somil Rastogi, Sr. Project Manager of SHF informed police officials about  provisions of COTPA.

More than 25 lakh people in Delhi use tobacco in some form, of whom around 19,000 die annually due to diseases attributed to tobacco. As per Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2016-17, nearly 30% adults in Delhi are exposed to passive smoking in public places, and 17.3% of these adults inhale second-hand smoke in public transport. In the country, 25.7% adults are exposed to second-hand smoke.