Joining the growing list of countries enforcing total bans on smoking in enclosed spaces, the government on Friday made the announcement on the occasion of World Population Day.
"From October 2 this year, nobody in India can smoke in buildings, both public and private. Anybody who wants to smoke can do so on the road," Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said addressing a function here.
The nationwide ban, which is a wider version of the one that came into effect last year in workplaces, restaurants and hotels, includes theatres, pubs, bars, malls and any other enclosed spaces.
"Smokers can have a puff at the risk of their health in private, in their bedrooms, provided they have the permission of their wives," Ramadoss said.
India is among 67 countries in the world to have imposed total or partial bans on smoking in public due to the harmful effects of tobacco smoke on the health and environment, but the inclusion of private buildings within its purview is a rarity.