“Jammu and Kashmir”- First state to declare all Election booths as No Smoking Zones

Jammu and Kashmir became the first state in the country to declare all election booths in the Lok Sabha polls 2014 as no smoking zones. It will be mandatory for all election booths to display the warning ‘No Smoking Area – Smoking here is an offence.”

  • In reference to Section-4 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 that prohibits smoking at all public places, the Chief Electoral Officer declared all election booths as No-Smoking Zones.

Note: The directions were issued in the backdrop of a request made by the J&K Voluntary Health Association.