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Advocacy-oriented projects

Legal Advocacy

Promotion of public health by advocating for enactment and enforcement of appropriate laws and health policy reforms has been one of the primary of HRIDAY. We consider law an important tool in public health for promoting and protecting public health objectives. In particular, HRIDAY advocated for enactment of a comprehensive tobacco control law and since the coming into force of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA) for its effective enforcement across the country.

The legal team at HRIDAY, while working closely with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India, has effectively contributed in strengthening regulations under COTPA for advancing tobacco control in the country. Lawyers from HRIDAY have also supported legal action initiated by several individuals and organizations committed to tobacco control at all administrative and judicial levels.

HRIDAY extended its legal assistance to several State Governments in their legal battles against the tobacco industry in various High Courts and the Supreme Court of India. In dealing with legislative, administrative and judicial aspects of tobacco control, numerous NGOs approached HRIDAY with a request to guide and assist in initiating legal actions including public interest litigations to ensure compliance with the provisions of COTPA in the country.

Some of the key accomplishments include:

In addition, lawyers at HRIDAY also focus on other public health laws related to alcohol control, school health policies, road safety laws and policies, environmental laws and policies etc.