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85 pc pictorial warning on tobacco products in force from today

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April 01, 2016 20:02


Tobacco products manufactured from today onwards will carry larger pictorial warnings covering 85 per cent of the display area on the packet as the Centre's notification in this regard went into force.
The Health Ministry's notification of September 24, 2015, for implementation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2014, prescribing larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products came into force today.
Notwithstanding a parliamentary panel's recommendation which had described the government's proposal as "too harsh" and wanted a drastic reduction in the size of the visual warning, the Centre went ahead with the larger pictorial warnings.
The Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation had recommended that the message occupy 50 per cent of the space.

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