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Study Report on Gutka Ban Released
16 October 2015: The Centre for Communication and Change-India (CCC-I) in collaboration with WHO India and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health released the study report findings on the impact and effectiveness of the legal ban of gutka on smokeless tobacco consumption in New Delhi. Shri Satyendra Jain, Hon’ble Minister of Health, Government of Delhi released the study findings of Delhi.
The study on the impact and effectiveness of the legal ban of gutka on smokeless tobacco consumption was conducted in 8 States in India (Assam, Bihar, Delhi, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Orissa). The study revealed that the support for gutka bans in eight states is very high (92%) across the studied jurisdictions and there was an almost universal agreement (99%) that gutka bans are good for the health of India’s youth.read more...
 
House panel meets anti-tobacco activists on pictorial warnings
15 July 2015: Ahead of the monsoon session in Parliament, the parliamentary committee on subordinate legislation that was instrumental in deferring larger pictorial warnings in packs of all tobacco products called on civil society for consultations on the matter. However, the committee failed to arrive at a consensus with civil society pressing for 85% pictorial warning on packs of all tobacco products, sources, who attended the meeting, said.
Representatives from several public health groups including Public Health Foundation of India, Voluntary Health Association of India and Indian Cancer Society made detailed presentation before Committee on Subordinate Legislation highlighting some of the key issues and facts related to consumption of tobacco.read more...
New Report Details How U.S. Chamber of Commerce Helps Tobacco Industry Fight Life-Saving Policies in Over a Dozen Countries
16 July 2015: A report released today by an international group of public interest and health organizations builds on the recent multi-part investigation by The New York Times and provides additional documentation and detail about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber) has helped the tobacco industry fight life-saving policies in more than a dozen countries, undermining measures intended to combat a global tobacco epidemic that threatens one billion lives this century. The Times’ articles exposed how the U.S. Chamber and its global network of more than 100 American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) affiliates have acted as a front group for the tobacco industry in systematically fighting effective tobacco control policies around the world. read more...
 
WHO India and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Study Report on Gutka Ban Released
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Ministry of Health notified an increase in the size of pictorial warnings on all tobacco packaging
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WHO Report Global Tobacco Epidemic 2015 Released
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Rajasthan High Court directs Indian government to implement bigger smoking warnings
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World Bank exits event funded by tobacco companies
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Graphic health warnings must on 85% of package area, WHO tells India
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Government will go ahead with large pictorial warnings on tobacco packages, says HM
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Canadian Cancer Society asks PM to implement 85% tobacco warnings
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Tobacco: the Empire strikes back
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Civil society Joint Press Conference on Pictorial Health Warnings
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Pictorial warnings on tobacco packs: Health minister given petition with over 30,000 signatures
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Delhi Government set to ban chewing tobacco
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Union budget 2015 increases excise duty on cigarettes, but no tax on bidis
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Over 500 organisations write to PM Modi on pictorial warnings on tobacco packs
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