Strict measures but no ban on alcoholism & smoking: health ministry

While the health ministry has listed the strict measures that would act as deterrents for public smoking and alcoholism, it has said that there are no action plan for any ban currently

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New Delhi: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has clarified that there is no action plan to impose ban on drinking and smoking in the country. However, it has informed that Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA, 2003), prohibits smoking in public places; sale of tobacco products to and by persons below the age of 18 years; and in an area within a radius of one hundred yards of any educational institution.

As per Report on Tobacco Control in India, 2004, nearly 8-9 lakh deaths per year are attributable to tobacco use.

Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are the leading cause of death globally. More than 80 percent of all NCD related deaths in India are attributed to four major diseases – cardiovascular diseases, cancers, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes and tobacco consumption is the largest preventable risk factor for these NCDs.