Tobacco control policies in India: implementation and challenges

Indian J Public Health. Jul-Sep 2011;55(3):220-7. doi: 10.4103/0019-557X.89941.


Tobacco use is a major public health challenge in India with 275 million adults consuming different tobacco products. Government of India has taken various initiatives for tobacco control in the country. Besides enacting comprehensive tobacco control legislation (COTPA, 2003), India was among the first few countries to ratify WHO the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) in 2004. The National Tobacco Control Programme was piloted during the 11 th Five Year Plan which is under implementation in 42 districts of 21 states in the country. The advocacy for tobacco control by the civil society and community led initiatives has acted in synergy with tobacco control policies of the Government. Although different levels of success have been achieved by the states, non prioritization of tobacco control at the sub national level still exists and effective implementation of tobacco control policies remains largely a challenge.

MeSH terms

  • Health Policy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Promotion / methods
  • Humans
  • India / epidemiology
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Smoking / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution / legislation & jurisprudence
  • World Health Organization


  • Tobacco Smoke Pollution