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85 percent graphic health warnings now compulsory on tobacco packaging in India

After a two-year battle, a ground-breaking development for public health has seen graphic health warnings on tobacco packaging in India quadruple in size. Large graphic images of the health consequences of tobacco use must now be displayed across 85 percent of the surface area of all tobacco packets -- a measure proven to help users quit and prevent others taking up the habit.

The move came after the High Court of Rajasthan ruled in favour of the directive, and against the recommendations of the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation (CoSL). read more...
 
Uruguay Defeats Philip Morris Challenge to Its Strong Tobacco Control Laws
July 2016:Uruguay has won an international legal battle against Philip Morris International to uphold its strong laws to reduce tobacco use. More than six years after Philip Morris launched its legal attack, an arbitration tribunal of the World Bank today ruled in Uruguay’s favor and strongly rejected Philip Morris’ challenge to two laws adopted by Uruguay to reduce the death and disease caused by tobacco use. One law requires graphic warnings covering 80 percent of the front and back of cigarette packs, while the other limits each cigarette brand to one pack presentation in order to prevent the use of terms (such as “light” and “mild”) and colors to falsely imply that some cigarettes are less harmful. read more...
 
Karnataka bans e-cigarettes
June 2016: Karnataka government banned electronic cigarettes in the state with effect from today. "We have banned e-cigarettes today. The decision has been taken on the recommendation of the committee on cancer prevention," Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader told.

He said a study was conducted by the committee with an NGO on e-cigarettes, which said large number of youngsters was getting addicted to it. "2mg and 4 mg nicotine is allowed in chewables like nicotine gum for de-addiction purpose, but these e-cigarettes usage is leading to addiction towards it," he said. E-cigarettes mimic the size and shape of cigarettes and contain a cartridge containing liquid read more...
India Railways to promote 'Anti-tobacco campaign'
May 2016: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) has announced the launch of powerful outdoor 'Tears You Apart anti-tobacco campaign' to raise awareness of the harms of smokeless tobacco.

The exterior of the trains run by Indian Railways at India's busiest major railway routes across eight states from today until September 2016 will now have images and messages from the recently-launched campaign. The railway ads will potentially be seen by millions of low and middle income Indians - who are more likely to use smokeless tobacco - across urban and rural areas. This campaign is one of the most geographically extensive health promotion campaigns to utilize the world's most heavily used railway network. read more...
 
World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging
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Public Notice Issued by Health Ministry on 85 percent pictorial health warnings
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Amendment in the Juvenile Justice Act 2015
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Health Ministry releases results from 1st phase of NFHS-4 survey
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Report Submitted To Finance Ministry to Keep 40 Percent GST Rate on Tobacco
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