Smoking in public places like restaurants, public transport, or places of education is illegal in India. It’s okay to smoke in completely open spaces like roads, and also in private places like your own house.


This explainer discusses smoking in public places and laws on selling tobacco products. It primarily deals with the law laid out in the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003.


Can police officers seize cigarette or other tobacco products?

Can officers enter and search my shop where I sell cigarettes/other tobacco products?

Is it illegal if movies and TV shows show actors smoking on-screen?

What has the government done to discourage use of tobacco?

Can the Court order confiscation of cigarettes/other tobacco products?

Do I have to put warning labels on the cigarettes/other tobacco products I am exporting?