Tag - COPTA

India: Govt To Enforce Ban On Sale Of Tobacco Products Near Hospitals, Edu Inst

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad Wednesday chaired a meeting of District Level Coordination Committee under National Tobacco Control Programme to review the implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA) at DC Office here. During the meeting, the DC laid stress on the need of awareness generation among the masses regarding...

India: Cancer survivors urge PM Modi to ban tobacco sale

BENGALURU: With the Covid third wave predicted to hit by October, cancer survivors from  Bengaluru have demanded that the central and state governments bring amendment to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), impose ban on tobacco sales and strictly enforce the ban on smoking and spitting in public places. In a letter to Prime...

India: Need To tighten Tobacco Control

The 17 years of working of COTPA was useful to a certain extent in defying the tobacco industry’s tactics to advertise and promote tobacco use in India. However, in spite of the Government’s best efforts to effectively enforce the law and civil society’s efforts to ensure that violations are adequately reported, the industry has...

India: Tobacco taxes too low to control smoking

Karnataka's example shows that strictly enforcing existing laws could be a better answer, says study Smoking is a public health issue in India, with 100 million adults using products such as cigarettes and beedis. One tool the government has is taxes. But a study from Karnataka shows taxes are uneven and too low to limit...

Amend COTPA to make curbs on tobacco more effective

However, riding roughshod on the rights of people is not done in a democracy. Raising awareness and counselling are a better way to achieve results The Centre recently released draft changes to its tobacco control law. The proposal aims to ban smoking zones in hotels, restaurants, airports and calls for raising the minimum legal smoking...

Government must amend India’s Tobacco Control Act Inbox

A new report titled “Tobacco Control Law in India – Origins and Proposed Reforms” revealed that there are glaring gaps in the existing tobacco control legislation COTPA 2003. Smoking areas are allowed in restaurants, hotels and airports despite a ban on smoking places in India; tobacco advertisements and products are prominently displayed in stores and...