Banning smokeless tobacco in India: policy analysis

Indian J Cancer. 2012 Oct-Dec;49(4):336-41. doi: 10.4103/0019-509X.107724.


India is the second largest producer and third largest consumer of tobacco. According to GATS India Report (2009-10), the users of only smokeless tobacco (SLT) are more than double than that of smokers. SLT use is an imminent public health problem, which is contributing to high disease burden in India. It is a "unique" tobacco product due to its availability in myriad varieties, easy access, and affordability especially for adolescents. It has been studied to be a gateway product and facilitates initiation. Currently, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have prohibited the use of tobacco and nicotine in any food products; yet, the implementation of a permanent ban on SLT across India is still pending. This paper examines how multiple legislations have failed to effectively control or regulate SLT in India and regionally; thus, there is need to strengthen SLT control efforts as "no ordinary product."

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Government Regulation*
  • Humans
  • India
  • Nutrition Policy / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Policy Making*
  • Smoking / epidemiology*
  • Smoking Prevention*
  • Tobacco, Smokeless / adverse effects
  • Tobacco, Smokeless / statistics & numerical data*