Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products

Posted In India, Thoughtworks - By NitiN Kumar Jain On Sunday, May 31st, 2009 With 0 Comments

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The first good news from Manmohan Singh’s newly formed UPA government.

All tobacco products will have to carry compulsory pictorial warnings on their packs from today highlighting the health hazards of its consumption, a long- awaited step aimed at cutting down on the killer habit.

The government order in this regard has come despite stiff resistance from tobacco manufacturers.


The products will have to clearly display a “scorpion” and “lungs” as pictorial warnings. The picture should cover at least 40% of the principal display area of the pack.


The products cannot carry any message that directly or indirectly promotes a specific tobacco brand or tobacco usage in general, the health ministry had said earlier this month.

Non-compliance by products and manufacturers can be fined up to Rs. 5000 or imprisonment up to 2 years or both.

Non-compliance by distributors and sellers may attract fine up Rs 1000 or imprisonment up to 1 years or both.

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