In what will bring relief to non-smokers, two associations of hotels and restaurants are planning to campaign for better implementation of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) at eateries and pubs.
The Bruhat Bangalore Hotel Association (BBHA) and Karnataka Pradesh Hotel and Restaurant Association (KPHRA) have joined hands with the Institute of Public Health here to lobby for making it mandatory on all hotels and restaurants to erect ‘smoking prohibited’ sign boards. This is being done in a bid to enforce section 4 of COTPA.
Members of the associations provided details of their planned initiative at an awareness programme organised by the Institute of Public Health in association with the Department of Health and Family Welfare, KPHRA and BBHA here on Monday.
COTPA states, “No person shall smoke in any public place: Provided that in a hotel having 30 rooms or a restaurant having seating capacity of 30 persons or more and in the airports, a separate provision for a smoking area or space may be made.”
Dr Vishal Rao, oncologist at BGS Global Hospital, said the provisions should be implemented within a period of three months. Ramachandra Upadhyaya, president of KPHRA, said in addition to erecting sign boards, they would also publish contact numbers of association members on the boards to ensure complaints could be brought to their notice.
BBHA also appealed to BBMP to make it mandatory for all hotels to be a part of the association.