Online Marketing of Tobacco Products: India July 2021
Online Marketing of Tobacco Products: India July 2021
Region: India
Published On: 01 July 2021

Tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship promotes tobacco consumption and discourages cessation. The World Health Organization’s MPOWER technical package on tobacco control and the international treaty, the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, recommend banning tobacco advertising, promotions, and sponsorship. In India, Section 5 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act prohibits all direct and indirect advertisement of tobacco products, including activity that promotes the use of products or their trademark or brand name.

Despite this, tobacco marketing continues to be widespread in India and worldwide, particularly in online forums that are less regulated.i,ii,iii Vital Strategies launched the Tobacco Enforcement and Reporting Movement (TERM) in June 2019 to monitor tobacco marketing activities.1 This situation report is part of a monthly series that summarizes observed examples of online tobacco marketing in India. It covers the period June 16 to July 15, 2021.
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