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Punjab is first state to ban sale of loose cigarettes and tobacco
7 Jan 2015: The Punjab Health Department has banned the sale of loose cigarettes (as single sticks) and loose tobacco, becoming the first State to do so.

In a notification issued on Tuesday, the State government said the ban had been issued as the sale is in violation of Section 7 of the COTPA (Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products, Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution Act, 2003).

Section 7 of COTPA prohibits any trade or commerce in cigarettes or any other tobacco products unless every package of cigarettes or any other tobacco products sold, supplied or distributed carries specified warning including pictorial warning. read more...

Pictorial Health Warnings
 
Anti-smoking law amendment proposal on track
13 January 2015: The Union health ministry has signalled its intention to go ahead with its proposals to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and raise the minimum age for tobacco sales to 21 years, disregarding opposition from within and outside the government.

The ministry today released a draft bill that proposes a ban on selling loose cigarettes, seeks to raise the minimum age of tobacco consumption from 18 years and a five-fold increase in the fine for smoking in public places to Rs 1,000.

The ministry said it was making public the draft through its website as part of "pre-legislative consultations" seeking comments from stakeholders as well as the general public. read more...
 
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...
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...
 
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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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...
World No Tobacco Day 2014 - State level consultations read more...
Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare leading the World No Tobacco Day Youth Rally Organised by VHAI read more...
 
 
   
 
 
India Becomes Global Leader In Pack Warnings On Tobacco Products
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.

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