After being reprimanded by the Delhi High Court to curb the increasing levels of air pollution, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday took a big decision and announced that Delhi airport will not have any smoking zone inside the building premises. Showing the latest report of the Environment Pollution Prevention and Control Authority (EPCA) which suggested that breathing in Delhi air is like smoking 10 cigarettes at once, Arvind Kejriwal said that there’s no need of any special smoking zone and the area could be sold off to brands for marketing and promotions.
A detailed comparison suggests that breathing in a smoking zone is equivalent to smoking three cigarettes at once whereas in normal Delhi air it’s equivalent to ten. A cost comparison suggests that every smoker who goes to smoking zone loses out on opportunities worth seven cigarettes amounting to around ₹100.
We spoke to a resident of Karol Bagh, Akash Singh, who was a chain smoker but had quit almost a month ago. Akash said, “I never thought quitting smoking would be so easy, I quit but I didn’t quit. It may sound ridiculous to you but neither am I buying any cigarettes nor am I borrowing it from anyone yet enjoying the pleasure of cigarette puffs courtesy the normal Delhi air. It is like getting pizza delivered after 30 mins, you have it but you don’t pay for it.” Akash gave a beautiful quote, “ye dilli hai Saab.. yahan ki to hawa me hi nasha hai.”