Table 2

Comparison of notifications across India’s state and union territories and WHO guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3

StatePunjabMizoramWest BengalHimachal
Mahar ashtraBiharJammu and
Megh alaya
Article 5.3 recommendations
Raise awareness about the addictive and harmful nature of tobacco products and about tobacco industry interference with parties’ tobacco control policies
Establish measures to limit interactions with the tobacco industry and ensure the transparency of those interactions that occur
Reject partnerships and non-binding or non-enforceable agreements with the tobacco industry
Avoid conflicts of interest for government officials and employees
Require that information provided by the tobacco industry be transparent and accurate
Denormalise and, to the extent possible, regulate activities described as ‘socially responsible’ by the tobacco industry, including but not limited to activities described as ‘corporate social responsibility’
Do not give preferential treatment to the tobacco industry
Treat state-owned tobacco industry in the same way as any other tobacco industry
Mechanisms for implementation
Code of conduct
Empowered committee
  • Embedded ImageBroad consistency; Embedded ImageLimited provision; Embedded ImageOmitted completely.