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India ups the stakes in the fight against tobacco

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: (Published 17 November 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1149
  1. Rohit Sharma
  1. Mumbai

    In a major boost to the anti-tobacco movement, India's Supreme Court has banned smoking in public places.

    The court directed central and state governments as well as police commissioners to take effective steps to enforce the ban in public places, especially auditoriums, hospitals, schools, libraries, court buildings, public offices, and public transport.

    The order was passed on 2 November as part of an ongoing case, in recognition of “the adverse effect of smoking on smokers and passive smokers.” A comprehensive bill against tobacco use is still pending …

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