Methods and Analysis: A systematic review will be conducted to collate all available ST related policies implemented across various countries and assess their impact on ST use. The following databases will be searched: Medline, EMBASE , PsycINFO, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), Scopus, EconLit, ISI Web of Science, Cochrane Library (CENTRAL), African Index Medicus (AIM), LILACS, Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO), Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (IMEMR), Index Medicus for South-East Asia Region (IMSEAR), Western Pacific Region Index Medicus (WPRIM), and WHO Library Database (WHOLIS); as well as Google search engine and country-specific government websites. All ST related policy documents (FCTC and non-FCTC) will be included. Results will be limited to literature published since 2005 in English and regional languages (Bengali, Hindi and Urdu). Two reviewers will independently employ two-stage screening to determine inclusion. The Effective Public Health Practice Project (EPHPP)’s “Quality Assessment Tool for Quantitative Studies” will be used to record ratings of quality and risk of bias among studies selected for inclusion. Data will be extracted using a standardised form. Meta-analysis and narrative synthesis will be used.
Ethics and Dissemination: Permission for ethics exemption of the review was obtained from the Centre for Chronic Disease Control’s Institutional Ethics Committee, India (CCDC_IEC_06_2020; dated 16 April 2020). The results will be disseminated through publications in a peer-reviewed journal and will be presented in national and international conferences.