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Punjab Juvenile Smoking Act, 1918

Punjab Juvenile Smoking Act, 1918 (PDF)

 

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The Punjab Juvenile Smoking Act, 1918

Punjab Act 7 of 1918

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Received the assent of the Lieutenant-Governor of the Punjab on the 6th June, 1918, and that of the Governor-General on the 25th June, 1918 and was first published in the Punjab Gazette dated 12th July, 1918.

LEGISLATIVE HISTORY 6

An Act to prevent juveniles from smoking tobacco.

Whereas it is expedient to prevent juveniles from smoking tobacco, and whereas the previous sanction of the Governor-General under section 79(2) of the Government of India Act, 1915, has been obtained to the alteration of the law effected by section 5 of this Act; it is hereby enacted as follows :-

  1. Short title and extent.– (1) This Act may be called the Punjab Juvenile Smoking Act, 1918.

(2) It extends to the whole of [Punjab].

Object & Reasons6
  1. Definitions.– In this Act –

“Tobacco” means tobacco in any form and includes any smoking mixture intended as a substitute for tobacco;

“Public place” means any place to which the public for the time being has access whether on payment or otherwise and includes a railway station and a railway carriage.

  1. Penalty for selling tobacco to children.– Whoever sells or gives or attempts to sell or give to a child apparently under the age of sixteen years any tobacco, whether for his own use or not, shall be liable on conviction [-]in the case of a first offence to a fine not exceeding ten rupees and in the case of a second offence to a fine not exceeding twenty rupees and in the case of a third or subsequent offence to a fine not exceeding fifty rupees.
  2. Seizure of tobacco being smoked by juvenile in a public place.– If any boy apparently under the age of sixteen years be found smoking tobacco in any public place it shall be lawful for any lambardar, zaildar, teacher of a recognized school or affiliated college, member of a municipal committee, member of a district board, member of a notified area committee, legal practitioner, registered medical practitioner or magistrate to seize such tobacco and destroy it.
[5. Summary jurisdiction. – The High Court may confer on any Bench of Judicial Magistrates, invested with the powers of a Judicial Magistrate of the second class, powers to try summarily any offence under this Act.]

 

 

 

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