The Ernakulam District Administration is sparing no effort to ensure that the district becomes a tobacco advertisement-free one by March 31. It recently carried out raids on various establishments, especially in areas near educational institutions. The raids, conducted by 21 squads, also slapped a penalty of Rs. 5,200 on various establishments, including a school for not displaying a board against tobacco use on its premises.
District Collector M .G. Rajamanickam had ordered that anti-tobacco information boards should come up at all establishments by March 16.
Source: The Hindu