Himachal Pradesh declared first smoke-free state in India


  • On 2nd July, 2013 Himachal Pradesh was declared the first “smoke-free” State in the country in compliance with Section 4 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003.
  • The State has achieved 85.42 per cent compliance with the relevant parameters.
  • The State government intends to eliminate tobacco products and has hiked taxes on bidis and cigarettes from 11 and 18% to 22 and 36%, respectively in the 2013-14 Budget.
  • It is to be noted that Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 or COTPA is an Act of Parliament of India enacted in 2003 to prohibit advertisement and regulation of tobacco business in India.
  • The Act put restriction on tobacco products including cigarettes, gutka, panmasala (containing tobacco), cigar, cheerot, Beedi, Snuff, chewing tobacco, hookah, tooth powder containing tobacco.
  • Previously, on the bases of the study conducted by The Union South East New Delhi in May 2010, the immediate Government of Himachal Pradesh had declared Shimla as the first Smoke Free city in Himachal Pradesh.

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