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Tax hiked on tobacco products for human and fiscal health
Economic cost of diseases caused by tobacco is 12 per cent more than the money spent by Centre and state together on healthcare in India, says a study

10 July 2014: Accepting the recommendations made by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, on Thursday, 10 July 2014 increased the excise duty on cigarettes, pan masala and other tobacco products.

Jaitley proposed to increase the specific excise duty on cigarettes in the range of 11 to 72 per cent. Similar increases were proposed on cigars, cheroots and cigarillos. The excise duty will be increased from 12 per cent to 16 per cent on pan masala, from 50 per cent to 55 per cent on unmanufactured tobacco and from 60 per cent to 70 per cent on gutkha and chewing tobacco.

The finance minister, in his budget speech, said, “These are healthy measures and I hope everyone would welcome them from the point of view of human and fiscal health.” He also proposed to levy an additional duty of excise at 5 per cent on aerated drinks containing added sugar. read more...

 
Union Budget 2014-15: Healthcare industry hails budget, welcomes cigarette excise
New Delhi July 11, 2014: Stakeholders of the healthcare sector Thursday hailed the union budget for its stress on quality healthcare and increase in the excise duty on tobacco and tobacco products. ‘Provisions in this year’s budget for healthcare are indicative of the focus on ensuring that quality healthcare reaches every level of the demographic pyramid,’ said Amit Mookim, partner and head of healthcare practice of KPMG. ‘Provisions like AIIMS in all states, 12 more medical colleges and 15 Model Rural Health Research Centres also aim to address the infrastructure deficit and bridge the rural-urban disparity,’ he said. However, Mookim said the healthcare sector should have been provided with an industry status with incentives for domestic manufacturing of medical devices and consumables. read more...
 
Hon'ble Prime Minister turns RCR tobacco-free zone
Mr Narendra Modi on Thursday turned Race Course Road (RCR) into a no-smoking zone. Modi has endorsed the idea of health minister Harsh Vardhan to make India tobacco free. Sources said a few days back Modi was out early morning at around 5 am and smelt tobacco in the air. He reportedly saw a Special Protection Group official smoking in one corner. Modi decided not to embarrass the official and chose a different path instead for his morning walk. On Thursday, there was a notice at the RCR requesting people not to smoke inside the premises as this could pollute the environment. It also pointed at the ill effects of tobacco. All security officers were asked to comply with the ‘request letter’ from the PM, which sought their cooperation to make India a tobacco free country.
Tobacco warnings to be harsher
New Delhi May 31, 2014: On the occasion of World Tobacco Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday asked countrymen to say no to tobacco and lay the foundation of a healthier India. With the PM’s agenda clear on tobacco, it is learnt that the health ministry is contemplating “harsher” pictorial warnings this time.
It is learnt that the government is planning harsher pictorial warnings for tobacco products. Instead of a usual practice in the UPA government of engaging the Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity (DAVP) for giving pictorial options to the government, the health ministry is expected to engage civil society for getting harsher pictures. The process will start soon, so that the manufacturers get ample time to fix the new directive.
 
Dr Harshvardhan asks states to levy a minimum of 50% tax on tobacco
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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...
Assam first state to ban smokeless tobacco read more...
Health Ministry initiates steps to curb point of sale advertising of tobacco products at airports read more...
E-cigrattes via 'AI route' worries health ministry read more...
Tripling of tobacco taxes may prevent 200m deaths read more...
 
 
   
 
 
Enter our Contest to Expose the Truth about the "Be Marlboro" Campaign
The Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids, in partnership with FCA and other organizations, has launched a ‘brand jamming’ competition aimed at discrediting the devious youth marketing tactics of Philip Morris International’s (PMI) ‘Be Marlboro’ campaign.

People are encouraged to cleverly re-design the imagery and slogans of the actual ‘Be Marlboro’ ads or videos, to highlight how predatory and damaging their marketing campaign is. This could also be an effective way of building public outrage and associating the Marlboro brand with the abuses of PMI.

You can view the Marlboro Exposed competition website for rules on how to enter.

The best submissions for video and image will win $500 USD each.

Most importantly, public participation in this competition will send a clear message to our government authorities the urgent need to comprehensively ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship in accordance with the international tobacco control treaty, the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC). Only comprehensive bans can prevent PMI and other tobacco companies from initiating similar youth marketing activities in the future.
 
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