PIL regarding complete ban on manufacture, sale, import etc. of cigarette and other tobacco products
A PIL has been filed in the Allahabad High Court, Lucknow Bench, by Amitabh Thakur, Social Activist and his wife, Nutan Thakur asking for complete ban on manufacture, sale, import etc of cigarette and other tobacco products.
The PIL says that various international studies by World Health Organization and others have established beyond all doubt that these products cause cancer and other serious diseases and also reduce life expectancy by 10-12 years.
The Government of India also accepted these facts and passed the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 where section 4 prohibits smoking in any public place and section 5 (1) prohibits advertisement of these products.
Hence, as per the PIL, when the Government fully know the ill-effects of these products and asks each such product to have warning like smoking kills and smoking causes cancer, it does not have the right to permit any kind of sale of these products which results in killing its citizen.
Hence, the petitioners have prayed for complete ban on these products just like many narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances.