Indian Asthama Care Society & Or. v. Rajasthan & Ors.
The Indian Asthama Care Society and other plaintiffs in similar cases sought to restrain the manufacturers of gutkha, tobacco, and pan masala from selling their products in plastic sachets and urged the Court to impose a fine on the manufacturers for the pollution caused by the sachets. The Court, deciding for all the cases, recognized the danger of plastic to the environment and emphasized the right of all people to unpolluted environment and the State's obligation to protect the environment. The Court ordered an examination of the sachets to determine whether they contain plastic and stated that if they do, the manufacturers must pay a fine. Furthermore, the Court restrained the manufacturers from using plastic material in their sachets and ordered them to comply "in letter and spirit" with Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition Advertisements and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act (COPTA).