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The World's Biggest Smoking Ban

The World's Biggest Smoking Ban

Political and spiritual leader Mahatma Gandhi said he realized the potential evils of cigarettes after he gave up smoking as a young man. Now, decades after his death, his country is trying to get its citizens to once again follow in his footsteps and give up smoking by instituting a nationwide smoking ban.

The new law, which was timed to coincide with Gandhi's birthday, calls for a fine of 200 rupees or about $1 USD for anyone smoking in public.

So far, the results have been minimal as police officers have been reluctant to enforce the new rules. In a country so large, where so many people incorporate smoking into their daily lives, many are adopting a pragmatic attitude.

A commenter named Suraj from Malaysia, summed up the situation best when he said, "It will take two generations minimum to significantly reduce smoking in public places; but hey they gotta start sometime, eh?"

We all gotta start somewhere when it comes to quitting smoking. Even if you believe yourself to be a lost cause, you can look to India as an example of people taking on a huge challenge one step at a time. [The Times of London]

Posted: 10/7/08
VictoriaB

This is one of the few instances where I don't really mind the government getting involved ... except I don't think they should be fining the people ... how about driving the tobacco companies out of business? After all, they're the ones that lied for so many years about the habit not being hazardous to our health. I think they made enough profits over the years and should have diversified their businesses by now.