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Cancer Patients Aid Association v. Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department

Cancer Patients Aid Association alleged that government subsidies to tobacco farmers violate India's omnibus tobacco control law, COTPA, and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control.  The court directed that all relevant departments of the Central and Karnataka Governments take steps to reduce the local demand and supply of tobacco products; provide for the rehabilitation of tobacco farmers and tobacco-related workers such as beedi workers; and reconsider the government’s policy on subsidies and incentives for tobacco cultivation for local consumption.