BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 07 March 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:723
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    The Indian health ministry has spent more than five years trying to get government agreement over legislation to ban tobacco advertisements and prohibit smoking in public. Antitobacco activists say that progress has been slow because of the perceived economic importance of tobacco in India and because of lobbying by the tobacco industry.

    The government estimates that about 200 million men and 48 million women in India above the age of 15 use tobacco, and the …

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