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

Sections 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018(up to October) Trend
Total COTPA Violations 1672 11970 14790 18782 9616
Section-4 1577 11894 14646 18715 9579
Section-5 0 0 0 0 0
Section - 6(a) 7 13 21 17 8
Section - 6(b) 87 63 123 50 29
Section – 7 1 0 0 0 0


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:-

Prohibition of smoking in public places
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