In the case of Shubham Awasthi & Anr v. Union of India, A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking a direction from the Central government to raise the smoking age to 21.
The plea was moved by Adv Shubham Awasthi requesting an increase in the smoking age from 18 to 21, removal of designated smoking zones from commercial places and airports, a ban on the sale of loose cigarettes, and a ban on the sale of cigarettes near educational institutions, healthcare institutions and places of worship.
They also requested to increase the penalty for smoking in public places. Besides, the petitioners also batted for the initiation of scientific studies, and other steps to control the sale and addiction of tobacco in India, especially cigarettes, as they affect citizens’ right to health.
PIL submitted – “The young people getting addicted to the smoking tobacco products do so in order to look cool or under peer pressure. They see adults smoking and it becomes a rite of passage or their inducement to initiate smoking to show that they are matured now,”
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