Tobacco Warnings at Metro Stations

Last year when i tried to click a photograph inside a Delhi Metro station, i was immediately prevented by a security person and told that photography is prohibited in Metro stations. I understood. So, last week when i was standing on a Metro platform (i think it was Mayur Vihar I –where i was attending a Comics Workshop) i could see a big glow sign showing the picture of a 23-year old youngman who died due to oral cancer, but i resisted myself to take any snap.

However, next day while i was entering Nangloi Metro station i came across a similar glow signs showing the picture of that poor guy.


Through out my journey of one hour in Metro i kept on wondering why there is not a single pouch of Pan Masala, Gutkha, Khaini (smokeless forms of tobacco) nor any butts of used cigarettes and bidis — neither in the compartments nor in the station premises. Incidentally i did not see anybody munching such smokeless tobacco stuffs on board those Metro Stations.

Suddenly a thought struck me (wild imagination!) Delhi has stopped using all such stuff. No, it can’t be –looking at the roads and pavements strewn with spit outs and ‘killer’ pouches.

Then i thought that Metro has prescribed fines for everything — right from spitting to entering a ladies compartment. Could be the fear of having to pay fine might be acting as a deterrent.

When i was coming out of station, a Metro official was standing outside his office. I could not suppress my curiosity any longer. When i asked him what is the secret of so much cleanliness — particularly absence of pan masala, Gutkha pouches and no Paan Spitting (Betel-quid chewing), he told me that the rules related to fines which are strictly followed– these are not merely eye-wash. People are being routinely booked for all those offences listed on the Metro stations.

I realised that people follow rules if there is fear of being fined, fear of dying from a serious illness and if the message is coming to them repeatedly it works.

Many organisations need to follow Delhi Metro’s approach and need to learn quite a few important things from them. Hats off to that great man Shreedharan who created this marvel and gave India a beautiful gift ….long live Shreedharan!


About drparveenchopra

Dr Parveen Chopra is Masters in Dental Surgery.. with 35 years of experience in dentistry. For trying his hand in health writing, he studied Communication for seven years. He is a blogger since 2007- he enjoys writing in conversational style.
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