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Ban on smoking in workplaces in India has led to more smoke free homes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 08 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2186
  1. Soumyadeep Bhaumik
  1. 1Kolkata

Legislation prohibiting smoking in public places and at work in India has encouraged fewer people to smoke at home, according to a recent study published online first in Tobacco Control.1

In 2008, the Indian government banned smoking in workplaces and other public places to protect people from second hand smoke. However, section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 allows designated smoking areas in places such as hostels, and breaching the law attracts only a small fine of …

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