Deluge of responses to India’s draft law delays stricter tobacco controls

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4560
  1. Vidya Krishnan
  1. 1New Delhi

Indian government officials have had to delay the introduction to parliament of proposals to strengthen tobacco control legislation after being overwhelmed with responses to a consultation launched in January.1 The amendments to the tobacco control law, which were due to be aired in the parliament’s monsoon session (21 July to 13 August), are now expected to be heard in the winter session (usually the last week in November to mid-December), at the earliest.

The Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare received more than 45 000 emails and 100 000 letters in response to proposed changes to tobacco control legislation …

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