Hearing the PIL, an Apex Court Bench headed by Chief Justice RM Lodha said that it was for the lawmakers to decide on the issue.

Appearing for PIL petitioner filmmaker Sunil Rajpal, counsel Aditya Agrawal told the court that the money spent on the treatment of smoking-related ailments comes to Rs 30,000 crore per annum which flies in the face of revenue earning arguments on not banning the tobacco industry.

There is already a ban on selling cigarettes and bidis near educational institutions and to those under the age of 18 years. Six years ago, the government banned smoking in public places.

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