Does COPTA law curb smoking? Here’s what data shows about Kerala

Unni Shukapuram

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Edappal: More than a decade has passed after enforcement of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act of Government of India (COTPA) in 2003. The law was enforced to regulate trade, commerce, supply, distribution and production of cigarettes and other tobacco products in India.

One of the objectives of the law was to reduce smoking habit among citizens. Five years’ data on cases filed against public smoking and fine collected suggest that implementation of law has turned productive in Kerala.

In 2016, cases registered where 2,31,801. This year, the cases as of now are 63,861. Meanwhile, the fine for public smoking is Rs 200. The fine collected in this year until September is over Rs 1.27 crore.

Here is the monthly split of cases and fine collected in this year:

MonthNumber of casesFine collected (Rs)
January7931 15,86,300
February8918 17,83,600
March9857 19,71,700
April7711 15,42,200
May4283 8,56,600
June 4439 8,87,800
July7720 15,44,000
August6525 13,05,000
September6477 12,95,400
Year and number of cases in the previous years are as follows:

2016: 2,31,801

2017: 1,62,443

2018: 1,10,039

2019: 87,646

2020: 46,770

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