Regulatory approach of tobacco control in india- from yester years to current years

Ankita Piplani, Hansa Kundu, Manjunath BC, Adarsh Kumar, Ankita Goyal and Ridhi Narang

Indian history of smoking dates back to times immemorial. The tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced, killed nearly 6 million people a year. India needs to adopt a holistic and coercive approach to fight the problems of tobacco for which the laws and regulations made by the government play a key role in fighting this tobacco menace. Tobacco control legislation in India dates back to 1975, with the implementation of Cigarettes (Regulation of Production, Supply, and Distribution) Act, 1975 and the recent is National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP) which was launched in 2007-08 in the 11th Five Year Plan. The results of Global tobacco Adult Survey (GATS-2) 2016-17 had shown that the efforts done by the Indian government have helped in reducing tobacco intake among the people by reducing the prevalence of tobacco use when compared to GATS-1 (2009-2010).

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