In January, New Delhi for the first time asked the top court to classify tobacco as “res extra commercium”, a Latin phrase meaning “outside commerce”. If applied, tobacco would be classified as outside commerce, limiting the ability of the tobacco industry to legally trade in that country. However, it would also impact the 45 million people living in India who depend on tobacco for their living. The Indian Supreme Court similarly applied the doctrine to alcohol in the 1970s, which allowed courts to regulate that unhealthy commodity more strictly. Read more here.