Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA) Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution

Particulars from Nov-2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (up to 31.07.17) Trend
COTPA Violations (Crime Case) 11 216 857 829 530 537
COTPA Violations (Petty case) 380 10271 8860 7820 12406 4919
Grand Total 391 10487 9717 8649 12936 5456
Compound Amount (from petty case) 76000 2054200 1772000 1564000 2481200 983800

COTPA-2003

The cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of advertisement and regulation of Trade and Commerce, production, Supply and Distribution) Acts (COTPA) 2003 was enacted by Government of India mainly to discourage the consumption of Cigarettes and other Tobacco products through imposing progressive restrictions and to protect non-smokers from second hand smoke.

Accordingly prohibition of manufacture, sale etc of Gutka and Panmasala containing tobacco or nicotine have been banned in the State with effect from 22/05/2012 by the Commissioner of Food Safety

The Key provisions under the Act include:-

Section-4
Prohibition of smoking in public places
Section-5
Prohibition on all forms of direct / indirect advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products
Section - 6(a)
Prohibition and sale of tobacco products to minors (any person who is under eighteen years of age)
Section - 6(b)
Prohibition and sale of tobacco products in an area within a radius of one hundred yards of any educational institution
Section – 7
Mandatory depiction of specified health warnings on all tobacco products