Resource Centre for Tobacco Free India is an extension of VHAI’s motto of ‘Making Health and Development a Reality for the People of India’. It is a unique initiative to create a one-stop centre for all those seeking information on Tobacco Control in India
Lives Bachao Size Badhao
(Save Lives, Increase the Size)
is an online public health awareness campaign to support the move for larger graphic health warnings on tobacco product packages sold across India.

The prime objective of this campaign is to garner support through a petition that will be presented to the Central Government in March; signatures for which are being collected both online and on ground.

This petition, which has been addressed to Shri J. P. Nadda, Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare on behalf of oral cancer survivor SunitaTomar is currently available online at http://chn.ge/1Dy6QQu.

Please also visit the campaign facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lives-Bachao-Size-Badhao/1531679020453453 for details. We request you all to sign the petition for our Health Minister on the page and also share it on your own facebook pages. This will just take a few minutes.

The Government has already released a notification requiring tobacco manufacturing companies to devote at least 85 percent of the surface areas of all tobacco products on both sides to graphically and literally represent the statutory warning. Beginning April 1, 2015 every tobacco product will carry on both sides pictorial depiction of throat and mouth cancer and a message in English, Hindi or any Indian language.

At present, India ranks 136th in the Global Cigarette Package Health Warnings ranking, but this move would elevate India to the 2nd position.

Encouraged by the Indian Government's decision on the new pictorial health warnings, even Pakistan’s Health Ministry on 11th February, 2015 announced new pictorial warning which will cover 85 percent of the cigarette pack on both sides, which is much larger than the current 40 percent.

Till now more than 500 representations and over 4000 signed letters from women groups, youth associations, doctors, hospitals, self help groups, heads of educational institutions, voluntary organisations from across India have already been sent to the Prime Minister and Health Minister expressing supporting for new pictorial warnings from April 1st 2015. Pictorial health warnings alert, inform and support tobacco users in their decision to give up the use of tobacco. India has 12 crore tobacco users, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2009-2010, which means every ninth Indian consumes tobacco. Tobacco kills about 10 lakh Indians every year. It has been demonstrated that picture health warnings are more effective than text-only warnings, especially for people who are illiterate and also in a multi-lingual country. The effectiveness of health warnings increases with size.

Pictorial Health Warnings
 
Pictorial warnings on tobacco packs: Health minister given petition with over 30,000 signatures
19 March 2015: Around 38,740 signatures collected as part of a campaign backing the government's move to have new health warnings on packets of tobacco products in India have been submitted to Union Health Minister JP Nadda.

In addition to the petition 'Lives Bachao, Size Badhao', which was started by an oral cancer survivor, Sunita Tomar, representations were also sent to the Health Minister from global public health experts, Members of Parliament, celebrities, women and self-help groups, youth associations, hospitals, voluntary organisations and bidi workers' associations. read more...
 
Delhi Government set to ban chewing tobacco
12 March 2015: Aiming to check oral cancer cases, the Delhi government is planning to ban sale of chewing tobacco which is freely available despite there being a ban on other unhealthy products such as gutka and pan masala.

Chewing tobacco and gutka, a combination of arecanut, slaked lime, paraffin and katechu along with tobacco, are believed to cause cancer.

The existing ban on gutka is enforced by the food department but there are complaints of blatant violation of the restrictions. The fresh proposal on sale of tobacco is now being anchored by the health department. read more...
Union budget 2015 increases excise duty on cigarettes, but no tax on bidis
28 February 2015: In the budget tabled on Saturday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has proposed an increase in excise duty on cigarettes.

The duty will increase by 25 per cent on cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm and by 15 per cent for cigarettes of other lengths, cigars, cheroots and cigarillos. The budget has also raised the excise duty on cut tobacco from Rs 60 per kg to Rs 70 per kg. Increased taxes mean a win-win situation for the country. Not only will it add to the revenue but also reduce consumption of tobacco and thereby the state’s burden of treatment costs.A globally accepted saying is: "triple the taxes, double the revenue, halve the consumption". read more...
 
Over 500 organisations write to PM Modi on pictorial warnings on tobacco packs
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Government serious about Amendments to Tobacco Control Law
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Anti-smoking law amendment proposal on track.
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Punjab is first state to ban sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco.
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CBSE has issued an order making IT mandatory for all its affiliated institutes to display warning messages related to consumption or sale of tobacco.
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New pictorial health warnings - 15 October 2014
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Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report 2014
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Modified housing scheme for beedi workers proposed
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Campaign to make schools and colleges free of tobacco
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Dr Harshvardhan asks states to levy a minimum of 50% tax on tobacco
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World No Tobacco Day 2014 Events at National Level read more...
World No Tobacco Day 2014 - State level consultations read more...
Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare leading the World No Tobacco Day Youth Rally Organised by VHAI read more...
 
 
   
 
 
India Becomes Global Leader In Pack Warnings On Tobacco Products
Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Health Minister, on 15th October, 2014 announced the new pictorial health warnings for tobacco products that has made India the Global Leader in Pack Warnings. A notification has been released requiring tobacco manufacturing companies to devote at least 85 percent of the surface areas of all tobacco products on both sides to graphically and literally represent the statutory warning.

Beginning April 1, 2015 every tobacco product will carry on both side’s pictorial depiction of throat cancer and a message in English, Hindi or any Indian language. “I have specified that 60 percent of the space must be devoted to a picture and 25 percent to the legend,” he said.

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