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Sale of loose cigarettes to be banned in India
25 October 2014: Sale of single sticks are likely to be banned in India with the Union health ministry accepting the recommendations of an expert panel on tobacco use, Union health minister JP Nadda told Parliament on Tuesday, .

“The (Union health) ministry has accepted the recommendations and a draft note for Cabinet has been circulated for consultation,” said Nadda, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha.

As many as 102.1 billion sticks were smoked in India in 2012, shows Euromonitor International data. Nearly 70% of all cigarettes sales in India are in the form of loose cigarettes, with most smokers refusing to spend roughly around Rs. 190-200 for a pack of 20. read more...

Pictorial Health Warnings
 
India Becomes Global Leader In Pack Warnings On Tobacco Products
Oct 15, 2014: 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. read more...
 
Health Warnings on tobacco product packages to get bigger
Oct 13, 2014:India will release new graphic health warnings that cover 80% of tobacco packages on both sides and ban the sale, manufacture and use of e-cigarettes by the end of this month. Graphic photographs of oral and throat cancers will occupy 65% of tobacco packages — such as cigarette packs — while 15% of the surface will be used for text warnings. Four photos have been shortlisted for the new warnings, expected on packs by April 1 next year. "These are part of stringent rules introduced to lower tobacco addiction among the young, such as increasing the legal age for tobacco use to 21 years," said Union health minister Harsh Vardhan. India sees more than a million deaths due to tobacco each year, says data from the Indian Council of Medical Research, but has one of the world’s weakest tobacco warning regimes. read more...
India Celebrates its 6th Year Anniversary of Smoke Free Rules
Oct 01, 2014:Six years after the implementation of smoke free rules, which came into effect on October 2, 2008; Rs 57, 92,070 lakhs have been collected by the Delhi Government as fines from people for violating the no-smoking rules. According to the data, the state tobacco control cell from the year 2008 to till date, the Delhi Government made 1,27,330 raids at public places and 2,55,011 raids at public service vehicle. Of this, men constituted the majority of the offenders with a whooping number of 68,959 men that were challaned. Even a significant number of 126 women were also challaned for smoking in public places during the same period.
A total of Rs. 57, 92,070 lakhs have been collected by the Delhi Government as fines from people for violating the no-smoking rules. read more...
 
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...
Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare leading the World No Tobacco Day Youth Rally Organised by VHAI read more...
Political parties ignore tobacco control in Election Manifestos read more...
New tactics by ITC to lure tobacco addicts read more...
New Report Details How Philip Morris International’s "Be Marlboro" Campaign Uses Images and Themes that Appeal to Youth read more...
Bombay High Court issues Order on Sec 6 of COTPA read more...
 
 
   
 
 
World No Tobacco Day 2014 - State level consultations
To observe World No Tobacco Day at state level on the global theme for 2014, WHO-India in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India through its partners in Assam, Odisha & Uttar Pradesh organized half day consultations on “Raise Taxes on Tobacco” in June 2014.

The consultations brought together stakeholders from various ministries – Health, Finance, Revenue & experts from media, civil society, academia and others to discuss challenges and opportunities in the implementation of raising taxes. During the consultations, the Health Cost Study & State Fact-Sheets jointly published by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, World Health Organization and Public Health Foundation of India was released.. VHAI media team provided complete support to the state team in terms of preparing press invitees and drafting of press releases etc. Regional media in all the three states covered the event both through print and electronic mediums.

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