Based on The Economics of Tobacco and Tobacco Taxation in India by Rijo M John, R. Kavita Rao, M. Govinda Rao, James Moore, R. S. Deshpande, Jhumur Sengupta, Sakthivel Selvaraj, Frank J. Chaloupka, and Prabhat Jha.
Reports & Studies
This collaborative project between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Office on Smoking and Health, USA and the Healis-Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, Navi Mumbai, India, brings together comprehensive information on bidi smoking in one single publication.
Results from a CGHR study published in the New England Journal of Medicine find that India is in the midst of a catastrophic epidemic of smoking deaths. Tobacco smoking is expected that nearly one million deaths each year in India during the 2010s – including one in five of all male deaths and one in 20 of all female deaths between 30-69.
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey is the global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) and tracking key tobacco control indicators.
The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease examines the economic and policy dimensions of tobacco taxation as a mechanism for tobacco control in India, the country with the second largest population of tobacco users in the world.
Bidis are under-taxed compared to cigarettes. Taking into account the health risks of each, and therefore, on health grounds, a strong case can be made for increasing the excise burden on bidis. Emil Sunley, one of the world’s leading experts on tobacco taxation, shows that taxes on bidis should increase, and he lays out a rational, detailed plan for how to do so
India: Advocates Protest Government Participation in India Tobacco Company Corporate Social Responsi
In India, the country’s largest cigarette manufacture, India Tobacco Company (ITC), sponsors “National Recycling Day” in multiple cities where the company operates. During the July 2012 celebration in the city of Chennai, ITC invited 10,000 school children, government officials, and local celebrities to participate. Advocates launched a campaign throughout Chennai, condemning the event as a violation of the FCTC and calling for government officials to not participate.
India: Advocates Call for Government Enforcement of Advertising Ban to Shut Down Four Square Concert
Godfrey Philips India violated Indian law by sponsoring a concert series and singing competition using its number one selling brand Four Square. Following extensive media coverage surrounding advocacy efforts to expose the advertising, promotion and sponsorship violation, the state government of Tamil Nadu announced that the concerts were illegal and banned.