The amendment to the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015 has been called a game changer. The Act now states that “anyone who gives or causes to give tobacco products to children shall be punishable with rigorous imprisonment for a term which may extend to seven years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extend up to Rs.1 lakh”.
This amendment has been hailed as an unprecedented development to protect the young from tobacco’s terrible addiction.
Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act law has Sections that protect children. However, the punishments are weak and this is over come by the JJ Act.