26 June 2017:
The Bihar state government has issued a notification prohibiting tobacco industry representatives from directly accessing its officials engaged in developing policies and rules regarding implementation of tobacco control laws. Instead, the industry would have to now approach a committee comprising eight members, if they want to raise any issues concerning the interests of the tobacco industry.
Bihar is the third state in India, after Punjab and Mizoram, to have issued such a notification concerning the tobacco industry. The contents of Bihar’s notification are said to be better than that of the two other states and can serve as a model for other states.