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World Bank exits event funded by tobacco companies

New Delhi May 02
: The World Bank has pulled out of the tax conference, which was to be co-organized by a consortium funded by several transnational tobacco companies.

Till Thursday, the bank's name featured on the website of the 12th Annual Asia Pacific Tax Forum, which is to be held in New Delhi from May 5-7. The organizers of the event — Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER) and International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC) had thanked the bank for "supporting" the event with "technical contributions and the participation costs of several governments".

However, on Friday, the World Bank said it has decided not to participate or financially support the event. "The 12th Annual Asia Pacific Tax Forum had sought technical and financial support from the World Bank. However, after careful consideration, the bank has decided not to participate/financially support the event," the bank said in response to an email query sent by ToI on Wednesday.
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Graphic health warnings must on 85% of package area, WHO tells India
01 Mayl 2015: With the government dragging its feet on implementing harsher anti-tobacco warnings on packages, the WHO has urged the Ministry of Health to roll its earlier decision to cover 85% pack area with stricter warnings.

WHO Representative to India Nata Menabde on Friday said India was yet not fully compliant with the UN Framework Convention on Tobacco Control which needs at least 50% area on both sides of the tobacco pack to be covered with health warnings depicting the adverse effects of tobacco use.

“India is not fully FCTC complaint as the tobacco pack warnings currently occupy only 40% of the principal display on one side of the pack. Given the heavy public health and economic costs to the country due to tobacco consumption, WHO strongly supports early implementation of the October 2014 notification for increasing the size of tobacco pack warnings,” Menabde said. read more...
 
Government will go ahead with large pictorial warnings on tobacco packages, says HM
24 April 2015: Rebutting the controversial statements made by 2 BJP members that questioned the link between tobacco and cancer, Health Minister J P Nadda said there was a direct link and also added that the government will go ahead with its decision to increase the size of pictorial warnings, once the panel submits the report. Nadda also cited various studies, including Indian studies, to strengthen his point and rejected the claims by the panel’s head Dilip Gandhi and member Shyam Charan Gupta.

“There is a direct relation between the consumption of tobacco and cancer… The ministry is consistent and crystal clear in its efforts to reduce tobacco consumption. We will go ahead once the panel submits its report,” Nadda said. Government has put on hold its decision asking tobacco firms to introduce pictorial warnings covering 85 per cent of packaging for tobacco products after the panel urged it to wait till it submits its final report. The rule was to come into effect from April 1.
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...
 
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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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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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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