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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2707

India to increase the size of the health warnings on tobacco packs up to 85 percent

By Manjari Peiris

The government of India has decided to go ahead with its decision on increasing the size of the health warnings on tobacco packs up to 85 percent on both front and back with effect from 1st of April, 2016. Despite strong opposition from the tobacco industry and a parliamentary panel, this was possible.

The World Health Organization – WHO has supported the Indian government on its decision on displaying larger health warnings.

Meanwhile nearly six hundred and fifty three doctors of India and office bearers of medical societies all across India urged the Prime Minister to implement the new set of pictorial health warnings on tobacco products from 1st of April 2016. They pointed out that it would help save millions of innocent women from getting widowed and kids from getting orphaned.

They requested the PM to step into prevent powerful tobacco lobby from subverting the anti tobacco measures of the government.

A large pictorial warning on tobacco products are the most cost effective strategy to prevent youngsters from initiating the use and provokes current users to quit the habit. In a country where vast majority of users are less literate, effective pictorial warning carries tremendous value.

The Central Government has reportedly proposed amendments in the anti-smoking law in order to enforce a complete ban on tobacco advertising, which it says will be in line with the guidelines of the World Health Organization.

- Asian Tribune -

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