Crusade Against Tobacco v. Union of India, et al.

The plaintiff, Crusade Against Tobacco, an Indian NGO, filed a public interest litigation against the Government of India, alleging the lack of enforcement and compliance with the conditions on smoking areas required for obtaining an “eating house” license. The said conditions have been incorporated by a circular, the legality of which was upheld in a previous decision. Following the Central Government Act regarding restaurant licenses, the high court affirmed that contravening the terms and conditions of the license could lead to prosecution and punishment for each offence with fines. Further, the court held that officers mentioned in the Central Government Act were competent to punish and collect fines, in case of violation of the said conditions, from owners or any other person in charge of the restaurant with smoking areas. 


Crusade Against Tobacco v. Union of India, et al., PIL-111.sxw, High Court of Judicature at Bombay Ordinary Original Civil Jurisdiction (2011).

  • India
  • Oct 5, 2011
  • High Court of Judicature at Bombay


Plaintiff Crusade against Tobacco


  • Others
  • Union of India

Legislation Cited

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Notification G.S.R. 417(E), May 30, 2008

Office Memorandum dated 27 July 2011 of Government of India in Ministry of Health and Family Welfare regarding the serious consequences of smoking or chewing tobacco

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