Tobacco control legislation in India: past and present

Indian J Cancer. 2010 Jul:47 Suppl 1:75-80. doi: 10.4103/0019-509X.63870.


Beginning with the Cigarettes Act, 1975, a number of legislative strategies and programs to curb tobacco use have been implemented in India, with limited success. Currently, the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003, is designed to curb the use of tobacco in order to protect and promote public health. This review presents a critical appraisal of the current situation in its historical context.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco Industry / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / prevention & control*


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution