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Canadian Cancer Society asks PM to implement 85% tobacco warnings

New Delhi April 17
: The Canadian Cancer Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to implement India's planned pictorial health warnings covering 85 percent of the front and back of tobacco packages.

The letter written on April 14, which coincided with Modi's visit to Canada, was by Pamela C. Fralick, president and CEO of the Canadian Cancer Society, and David Sculthorpe, CEO of Heart and Stroke Foundation.

"We are writing to you on the occasion of your visit to Canada to urge you to implement India's planned pictorial tobacco health warnings covering 85 percent of the front and back of tobacco packages." read more...
 
Civil society Joint Press Conference on Pictorial Health Warnings
31 March 2015: VHAI organized a collaborative Press Conference with HEALIS, HRIDAY, Voices of Tobacco Victims and Public Health Foundation of IndiaI at Constitution Club, New Delhi. Speakers included Dr Prakash Gupta, Shri Alok Mukhopadhyay, Dr Monika Arora, Dr Harit Chaturvedi as well as tobacco control champion from the Member of Parliament, Ms. Supriya Sule.

Around 45-50 Journalists attended the Conference from print, electronic, English and Hindi media.Since 31st afternoon until date, the issue has caught major media attention with several TV channels covering it in detail and highlighting conflict of interest between MPs and Parliamentary Committees. read more...
 
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...
 
Canadian Cancer Society asks PM to implement 85% tobacco warnings
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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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Lives Bachao Size Badhao (Save Lives, Increase the Size)
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Polling booths in Delhi to be no-smoking zones
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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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Graphic Health Warnings – An Update
15 October 2015 was a day of celebration in India for public health advocates. The Health Ministry under the erstwhile Minister, Shri Harsh Vardhan issued a gazette notification making it mandatory for all tobacco product packages to carry picture health warnings on both sides covering at least 85 per cent of the packaging, beginning April 1, 2015. With this move, India was pitched to be a global leader in the area of public health, along with Thailand as it also has 85% warnings. The move also earned India praise from the WHO on the opening day of the 16th World Conference on Tobacco or Health. The WHO director general Margaret Chan described it as a move that showed “political will”. Inspired by India, Nepal and Pakistan also announced 90% and 85% pack warnings respectively this year.

However, in a major blow to public health and tobacco control, the Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry issued a new notification on 31 March 2015 and decided to put on hold its earlier decision till an indefinite time.

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