From ABC, December 19, 2006
INDIAN STATE CLAMPS DOWN ON SPITTING CITIZENS
By South Asia correspondent Peter Lloyd
A southern Indian state has banned spitting and blowing the nose in public to curb the spread of disease.
The Government of the state of Kerala has gone on a mid-winter health offensive to stop the spread of tuberculosis, influenza, pneumonia, chicken pox and other diseases that are easily spread by phlegm and spittle.
A notice issued to government officials declares that foreign tourists view with revulsion the local custom of spitting and blowing one's nose in public without a tissue or handkerchief.
From the new year, public spittoons are to be installed on roads and public places.
Billboards will also be used to promote better hygiene practice.