India in warning on tobacco packs

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India in warning on tobacco packs

Children wear masks at a rally as part of an anti-tobacco campaign.
All new tobacco products manufactured in India will have to carry pictorial warnings to discourage their use.

Packets of cigarettes, bidis (small hand-rolled cigarettes common in India) and chewing tobacco will now have to display the scorpion and lung symbols.

Authorities have also launched a multimedia campaign urging people to quit tobacco consumption.

Tobacco smoking kills 900,000 people a year in India. The figure is expected to rise to a million by 2010.

A countrywide ban on smoking in public places came into effect last October.
Correspondents say the ban is blatantly flouted and poorly enforced.
But health officials say that ever since they began mounting surprise raids, many smokers are giving up smoking in public.

'Great concern'

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said tobacco products would have to clearly display the pictorial warnings and these must cover at least 40% of the packet's display area

"It is evident that the consumption of tobacco products in the country is increasing in all age groups, making it a matter of serious public health concern. The increase is a great concern for all of us," Mr Azad was quoted by news agency Press Trust of India (PTI) as saying.

The minister said he hoped that the pictorial warnings would be "very visible" and would have "first-hand impact" on tobacco users.

Pictures of diseased, corroded gums warning tobacco users about mouth cancer were put out in the weekend's newspapers.

The government order on pictorial warnings had faced stiff resistance from tobacco manufacturers and the deadline for implementing it had been postponed a couple of times.

India is among the few countries to ban tobacco-related advertisements. The sale of tobacco products to minors is also an offence.

BBC NEWS | South Asia | India in warning on tobacco packs
 

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A good move by GoI. Smoking is a menace killing so many people of different kinds of cancers. Hope, the smokers will get repulsed by the pictures on the packs from smoking.
 

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Smokers have to be constantly reminded that they are killing themselves and those around them.

There should also be a pic of children dying on the pack. That will give the parents a lot of incentive not to smoke.

Better still, put a pic of a healthy lung and a heavy smoker's lung. That pic was enough to stop my dad to quit for good.
 

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A Cigarette is the only consumer item which kills when used as directed. :D
 

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Delhi police fined about 10,000 people for smoking in public. Most here avoid smoking anyway (mostly cause keeping it "green" is the way of life preferred here).


So yeah, it is upto local police in every state to enforce the ban. Smokers can die on their own, no need to kill the rest.
 

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India is poooor, ppl die of starvation and many other diseases spread rampantly, law and order situation in India is worse, terrorism prevades the nation and society is caste ridden. Why is GOI wasting its time and effort in such trivial issues like smoking? Atleast, smoking earns India some revenue......

PS: I am a non-smoker.
 

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India is poooor, ppl die of starvation and many other diseases spread rampantly, law and order situation in India is worse, terrorism prevades the nation and society is caste ridden. Why is GOI wasting its time and effort in such trivial issues like smoking? Atleast, smoking earns India some revenue......

PS: I am a non-smoker.
Jeez, what a logic Johnee!!!:thank_you2:. So, its OK if 1 million people die of smoking every year.You don't care, do you?.
 

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Jeez, what a logic Johnee!!!:thank_you2:. So, its OK if 1 million people die of smoking every year.You don't care, do you?.
Yaar, I am using the same logic that many use on other threads. I am just extending the logic.....
 

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Haha, good one johnee. But those apologists won't reply until their white masters are being called racists or whatever. Your sarcastic India bashing will only give them a hard-on.
 

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Haha, good one johnee. But those apologists won't reply until their white masters are being called racists or whatever. Your sarcastic India bashing will only give them a hard-on.
Mate, I didnt want to say this, but some Indians seem to be more worried about the whites, their view on us, protection of their image. India or Indians' interests dont mean anything to them. All this just becoz they have some 'white' friends who treat them almost like 'human beings'........So, they refuse to listen to anything which is even remotely shaan ke khilaf of goras......
 

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