Smoking laws in India

#1 Apr 16th, 2010, 06:59
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Hello everyone;

I looked through some of the older posts on here and the last one I was was about 3 years old so I thought I'd just double check on the smoking laws. Correct to say that smoking is generally not allowed in all public spaces?

Just how far does that extend out to. Is it like Europe/North America in which smoking is prohibited in most buildings and just entrances or does it apply to even the sidewalks and roads?
Put another way, forget where you can't smoke, where CAN you smoke!

As for trains, I can assume it is still as per previous threads, smoke at your own risk of a fine, by the door (sleeper class) or in between carriages
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When I was last in India eighteen months ago I felt distinctly uncomfortable smoking in public places - maybe that was a personal hangup but I must say it didn't feel happy with it and people certainly seemed to notice the smoking.
We were mostly in the south - maybe it is different in the north. We stayed in a hotel in Kalpetta and the non-smoking edict issued by the hotel was gloriously ignored by the Indians staying there - I stood outside the place in the rain smoking.
Even Cochin seemed to have a disapproving attitude to the cigarette but Goa was cool with it.
Thankfully I have now kicked the habit so when we return in a few months it won't be a problem. Mind you, I will miss sneaking a crafty fag on a railway platform during a long stop!
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I went through 2 packets of Roll your own Tobacco when last in
India in 2008, and this was After the so called smoking laws came in.

In other words, No Problemo.

This is me in Bangalore rolling a smoke for the guy sitting next
to me.Maybe the shirt I was wairing Helped

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I imagine that the shirt certainly helped!
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while I was in South India I have not seen many people smoke in public. If then it mostly have been workers who were smoking bidis.

The only place where it felt normal to smoke was Varkala.
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Smoking rules in India :

1. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all public places including restaurants, offices & roads. Therefore, you are allowed to smoke only in your home or hotel room.

2. Smoking will attract fines in a train.

3. Nobody has been actually ever fined for smoking.
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Originally Posted by pauldmps View Post Smoking rules in India :

1. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all public places including restaurants, offices & roads. Therefore, you are allowed to smoke only in your home or hotel room.
Are you serious? Can someone corroborate?

I can't walk outside my house and smoke on the street?

Somenone tell me it ain't so.
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You can smoke on the street, yes. The last time we did this, I think it was said that, street wise, a bus stop would be a public place, you can't smoke there, but the street in general, you can.

As to restaurants, nobody would even think of smoking in an ordinary eating place here, and I don't recall anyone doing so even before the law. Unfortunately this common decency does not extend to posh restaurants; the more you pay for your meal the less chance there is of anybody stopping you smoking.
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In Delhi, if you go by the rule, then you cannot. If the people who check (very rarely) are around, you can be fined Rs.50/-.

But they have better things to do.

Smoke in open areas, or the vestibule between two railway coaches. You are not likely to be troubled.
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Originally Posted by AwayFromHome View Post I can't walk outside my house and smoke on the street?

Somenone tell me it ain't so.
It ain't so !

There ! Someone has told you. Say thank you now...
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It varies; in Kerala for instance (or in Kochi at least), you cannot smoke on the streets no, and people will be quick to warn you about it enough so as to assume it would indeed attract a fine (I don't know about on the streets, but on a train it's Rs. 500. And yes, of course that can be levied if you're unlucky.)

Smoking inside or out of train stations is generally prohibited, so this includes the surrounding compound. You need to completely step off the station grounds to safely have a smoke (where, again, it is allowed on the streets at all, then.) Though earlier this year, I've been in many places where people seemed to be pretty lax about this. (In contrast to many places where I was last year.)

In most public places, restaurants etc., you cannot smoke. Your best bet at a smoker's restaurant would be a bar & restaurant, typically non-veg. (meaning they serve both veg. and non-veg. food. No self-respecting "pure veg." place will normally serve alcohol.) Though far from all of those, too, will allow it. Some will have a separate smoker's section.

On trains, smoking by the open doors I would always be told off by some cop/guard in Sleeper Class last year. This year and traveling in the higher classes, I wasn't; if that is a matter of class or just of my luck, I can't say. My fellow passengers in those classes didn't seem to think much of catching a smoke with me inbetween the compartments either, though. (Kindly do open the door to let the smoke out.)

On buses, you'll generally have plenty a stop to allow for you to have a smoke. Though you may sometimes push on for hours on end, of course, especially overnight.

Bottom line and as so often I guess, observe a little what others around you do, and/or ask when unsure.
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Originally Posted by Aupmanyav View Post Smoke in open areas, or the vestibule between two railway coaches. You are not likely to be troubled.
Very likely to be troubled by the Railway Police. The only place to smoke is the toilet.
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Smoke in open areas, or the vestibule between two railway coaches. You are not likely to be troubled.
I wouldn't advice on that really. I recently was crossing Madhya Pradesh in a sleeper train and I noticed a lot of labours sitting near the vestibule between the coaches and were smoking almost the entire journey. I thought I can squeeze in 5 quick minutes and have a smoke too. The moment I lit it, cops came and gave me an option to either get off the next station or pay a fine of Rs.200. I obviously paid them the fine and they refused to provide me with any sort of proof / receipt.

I guess they choose to target mostly white people as they are a more convenient money making machine for them!

Cheers!
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non smoking zones:
restaurants / pubs / cafes [very, very, very few, if at all, allow or even have smoking zones inside anymore]
bus stations
railway stations
cinema halls [smoking allowed outside the building]
inside trains
inside any bus
malls / shopping centres / etc

you can smoke everywhere else
kerela would do well clamping down on their boozards than on smoking.


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Originally Posted by khargosh_hamster View Post I guess they choose to target mostly white people as they are a more convenient money making machine for them!
sheesh.
cops fine them folks they know who can pay up... where the hell do you get this cockamaniac theory from ????
and if you see, indians who-can-pay get away with it... they're most probably involved in a payoff.
payoff's take place away from prying public eyes.

its not that firangis are rich, richer, richest.
to the common man - if you have the money to fly to india for a holiday - you definitely have more money than the majority of indians.



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Originally Posted by KABAARY View Post It ain't so !

There ! Someone has told you. Say thank you now...
Thank you!

The weird thing is I don't smoke at home or in my car. I also don't smoke in restaraunts/malls/shops or in places where kids tend to gather.

My only option is the streets.

AFH

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