NTCP - National Tobacco Control Program

Government of India launched the National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) in the year 2007-08, with an objective to

  1. Create awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco consumption
  2. Reduce the production and supply of tobacco products
  3. Ensure effective implementation of the provisions under "The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003" (COTPA)
  4. Help the people quit tobacco use.
  5. Facilitate implementation of strategies for prevention and control of tobacco advocated by WHO Framework Convention of Tobacco Control.


The following Strategies are being used to achieve the desired objectives

  1. Training of health and social workers, NGOs, school teachers, and enforcement officers
  2. Information, education, and communication (IEC) activities
  3. School programmes
  4. Monitoring of tobacco control laws
  5. Coordination with Panchayati Raj Institutions for village level activities
  6. Setting-up and strengthening of cessation facilities including provision of pharmacological treatment facilities at district level.

Program Details

In order to discourage tobacco use and protect the youth and masses from the harmful effects of tobacco usage and second hand smoke (SHS), Government of India enacted "Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, (COTPA) in 2003". The Act imposes progressive restriction on all tobacco products to reduce their demand and supply. The law is applicable to all tobacco products and extends to whole of India. The specific provisions of the COTPA include

Section 4:Prohibition of smoking in public places
Section 5:Prohibition of direct and indirect advertisement, promotion and sponsorship of cigarette and other tobacco products.
Section 6 (a):Prohibition of sale of cigarette and other tobacco products to a person below the age of eighteen years.
Section 6 (b):Prohibition of sale of tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards of educational institutions.
Section 7 :Mandatory depiction of statutory warnings (including pictorial warnings on tobacco packs).
Section 7(5):Display of tar and nicotine contents on tobacco packs
Key performance indicators
  • No. of enforcement activities conducted and no people challaned
  • Tobacco Cessation Treatment centres (Quit Tobacco).
  • No. of awareness camps organized during the year

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Contact Information

Special Chief Secretary to Govt.,
Health, Medical & Family Welfare Dept.
5th Block,Ground Floor,Room No:157,
A.P Secretariat,Velagapudi,
Guntur Dt., Andhra Pradesh.