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

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 hotels, and breaching the law attracts only a small fine of about 200 rupees (£2.40; €2.82; $3.65).

Researchers from the United Kingdom, United States, and India looked at data from the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) in India 2009-10 and found that adults who reported that their workplace was smoke free were more likely to have smoke free homes.

Read the entire article by Dr. Soumyadeep B at British Medical Journal 

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