Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Smoking and Spitting Act, 2002
(Act No.4 of 2003)
Last Updated 14th March, 2020 [tn1071]
(a) "advertisement" means and includes any notice, circular, wall paper, pamphlet, display on hoardings, or any visible representation made by means of any light, sound, smoke, gas or any other means which has the direct or indirect effect of promoting smoking or tobacco chewing and the expression 'advertise' shall be construed accordingly;
(b) "authorised officer" means a person authorised under section 10;
(c) "Government" means the State Government;
(d) "Place of public work or use" means any place declared as such under section 3 and includes auditoria, hospital buildings, health institutions, cinema, seminar or conference halls, amusement centres, restaurants, eating houses, commercial establishments, public officers, court buildings, educational institutions, parks, libraries, sports complexes, bus stations, bus stops, beaches, bazaars, all the Government offices including local bodies, statutory bodies, co-operative institutions and religious places and the like which are visited by general public: but does not include any open place;
(e) " Public service vehicle" means a vehicle as defined under clause (35) of Section 2 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 ( Central Act 59 of 1988);
(f) " religious place" means a temple, church, mosque, mutt or a place by whatever designation known, used as a place of public religious worship;
(g)"smoking" means smoking of tobacco in the form of cigarette, cigar, beedi or otherwise with the aid of pipe, wrapper or any other instrument;
(h) "spitting" means voluntary ejection of saliva from the mouth after chewing tobacco, pan-masala, gutka, betal leaf with arecanut in any form or any tobacco product or products containing tobacco or ejection of mucus from the nose after inhaling snuff.3. Declaration of places of public work or use. - The Government may by notification, declare any place of public work or use in the State of Tamil Nadu to be a place for the purpose of this Act. 4. Prohibition of smoking and spitting in place of public work or use. - No person shall smoke or spit in any place of public work or use. 5. Prohibition of smoking and spitting in public service vehicle. - Subject to the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988 ( Central Act 59 of 1988). No person shall smoke or spit in any public service vehicle. 6. Prohibition of advertisement of smoking and chewing. - Notwithstanding anything contained in any other law for the time being in force, no person shall advertise or cause to advertise in any place of public work or use and on any public service vehicle any material which may directly or indirectly promote smoking or chewing of tobacco, pan-masala or gutka or any tobacco product or products containing tobacco even if classified as by any other name. 7. Prohibition of storage, sale and distribution of cigarettes, etc. - No person shall himself or by any person on his behalf, store, sell or distribute cigarettes, beedies, cigar, supari with tobacco, Zarda, snuff, or any other smoking or chewing substance or substances containing tobacco within an area of one hundred metres around any college, school or other educational institutions. 8. Display and exhibition of board. - Every person incharge of place of public work or use shall display an exhibit a board at a conspicuous place in or outside the place prominently stating that the place is a " No Smoking and No Spitting place" and that " Smoking or Spitting is an Offence". 9. Penalties. - Any person, who contravenes the provisions of.-
(i) Sections 4, 5, or 8 shall be punishable with fine which it may extend to one hundred rupees and in the case of second or subsequent offence, shall be punishable with a minimum fine of two hundred rupees, but which may extend to five hundred rupees;
(ii) section 6 or 7 shall be punishable with fine which may extend to five hundred rupees and in case of second or subsequent offence, shall be punishable with imprisonment which may extend to three months, or with a minimum fine of five hundred rupees, but which may extend to one thousand rupees, or with both.10. Power of Government to authorise any person to act under this Act. - The Government may, by notification, authorise one or more persons who shall be competent to act under this Act. 11. Person authorised under section 10 to be a public servant. - Every person authorised under section 10 shall be deemed to be a public servant within the meaning of section 21 of the Indian Penal Code ( Central Act XLV of 1860). 12. Power to eject violators. - Any authorised officer or any police officer, not below the rank of a Sub-Inspector, may eject any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this Act, from the place of public work or use, and any driver or conductor of a public service vehicle may eject any person who contravenes any of the provisions of this Act in the public service vehicles, from the public service vehicle. 13. Cognizance of offences. - No court shall take cognizance of any offence under this Act except on a compliant in writing of an authorised officer with respect to offences under sections 4, 5 and 8 and on a report in writing of a police officer, not below the rank of Sub-Inspector, with respect to the offences under sections 6 and 7. 14. Offences under this Act to be tried summarily. - All offences under this Act shall be tried summarily in the manner provided for summary trial under the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1973 ( Central Act 2 of 1974). 15. Delegation of power. - The Government may, by notification, direct that any power exercisable by them under this Act, except the power to make rules under section 18, may also be exercised by such officer as may be mentioned therein subject to such conditions, if any as may be specified therein. 16. Compounding of offences. - The Government or any person authorised by them by general or special order in this behalf, may either before or after the institution of the proceedings compound any offences punishable by or under this Act. 17. Offences by companies. - (1) Where an offence under this Act has been committed by a company, every person who at the time the offence was committed, was incharge of and was responsible to, the company for the conduct of the business of the company, as well as the company, shall be deemed to be guilty of the offence and shall be liable to be proceeded against and punished accordingly: Provided that nothing contained in this sub-section shall render any such person liable to any punishment, if he proves that the offence was committed without his knowledge or that he had exercised all due diligence to prevent the commission of such offence. (2) Not with standing anything contained in sub-section (1) where any offence under this Act has been committed by a company and it is proved that the offence has been committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to any neglect on the part of, any director, manager, secretary or other officer of the company, such director, manager, secretary or other officer shall be proceeded against and punished accordingly. Explanation. - For the purposes of this section,-
(a) " company" means any body corporate and includes a firm or other association of individuals; and
(b) "director" in relation to a firm means a partner in the firm.18. Power to make rules. - (1) The Government may, by notification, make rules for carrying out all or any of the purposes of this Act. (2) (a) All rules made under this Act shall be published in the Tamil Nadu Government Gazette and unless they are expressed to come into force on particular day, shall come into force on the date on which they are so published.
(b) All notifications issued under this Act shall, unless they are expressed to come into force on a particular day, shall come into force on the date on which they are published.(3) Every rule made or notification issued under this Act shall, as soon as possible after it is made or issued, be placed on the table of the Legislative Assembly, and if, before the expiry of the session in which it is so placed or the next session, the Assembly makes any modification in any such rule or notification, or the Assembly decides that the rule or notification should not be made or issued, the rule or notification shall thereafter have effect only in such modified form or be of no effect, as the case may be, so, however, that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule or notification.