The High Court has issued a rule asking why it should not order the government to take necessary steps for banning smoking in public places according to the existing law.
Justice Kamrul Islam Siddiqui and Razik Al Jalil’s bench announced the rule following a writ by Lawyer Shammi Akter on Tuesday.
The government had passed a Smoking and Using of Tobacco Products (Control) Act, 2005. It penalises smoking in defined public places.
The rule asked why steps should not be taken to implement section seven and section eight of the act.
It also asked why the Court should not order to take necessary steps to ban public smoking as per the act.
The government bodies, named as respondents, were asked to reply within four weeks.
According to sub-section one of section seven of the act, the owner, caretaker or controller or manager of public places and any owner, caretaker, controller or manager of public vehicles may mark off or specify the place for smoking.
Sub section two of the same section says the area, description, equipment and security system of the smoking zone of any public place or of public vehicles may be determined by the rule.
Section eight says, the owner, caretaker or controller or manager of public places and the owner, caretaker, or controller or manager of public vehicles shall arrange to display a notice in Bangla and English, such as "Abstain from smoking, it is a punishable offence" in one or more points outside any place marked or specified as a smoking zone under section 7, and in the concerned vehicles.