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Indian government outlines plans to tighten tobacco control laws

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h360 (Published 21 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h360
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

India has published details of how it plans to strengthen existing tobacco control laws by extending the smoking ban into areas where tobacco use is currently permitted, increasing fines for ignoring the ban, raising the age at which tobacco products can be purchased, and banning spitting of tobacco products.

The bill amendment will extend India’s ban on smoking in public places to include restaurants and hotels, which will no longer be permitted to have designated …

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