As India debates whether or not to increase the size of pictorial warnings on packages of tobacco products, former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss said that the government should bat for increasing the size of the warnings.
Sunita Tomar, the face of India's anti-tobacco ad campaign, died at the Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai on Wednesday.
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Head of a Parliamentary panel today said there was no Indian study to confirm that use of tobacco products leads to cancer.
Civil society activists, international and national public health experts and tobacco control advocates on Tuesday expressed shock at Union government's decision to defer the implementation of a notification for increasing the size of pictorial health warning on cigarette packets and various other tobacco products.
Increasing the minimum age to buy cigarettes to 21 could help decrease the prevalence of tobacco use and save lives, a new US study has claimed.
India's largest cigarette maker ITC has raised cigarette prices by an average 15% across brands after the government proposed a a sharp rise in excise duty on tobacco products in the budget 2015-16.
Ban on smoking in public spaces may not motivate smokers to light up less behind their own closed doors or quit altogether, a new Canadian study has claimed.
Other cigarette stocks also faced selling pressure. VST Industries fell by 3.79 percent, Golden Tobacco was down 3.21 percent and Godfrey Phillips India Ltd lost 1.79 percent on the BSE.
Like in the past the levy on tobacco products has been hiked, making it more expensive for smokers and other tobacco product users. Excise duty on cigarettes has been increased by 25 percent for cigarettes of length not exceeding 65 mm and by 15 percent for cigarettes of other lengths. This is the fourth consecutive budget which has raised excise duty on tabacco by more than 18 percent hike in duty.
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The World Health Organisation lauded India's tobacco control mechanisms, calling the country a "champion" for curbing "tobacco marketing in films".
Shares of ITC shot up 6 percent in morning trade on Thursday as the government is unlikely to ban sale of loose cigarettes in near-term.<br />
The proposal of banning the sale of loose cigarettes is likely to be put on the backburner as some Ministers have urged Health Minister J P Nadda not to take any "hasty" step till issues, including those concerned to farmers, are resolved.
The poor and working class may complain of discrimination, but the health ministry’s recommendation to ban the sale of loose cigarettes is a crucial step in fighting the harmful habit of tobacco smoking in the country.
Shares of India's largest cigarette maker, ITC, which also commands the highest weightage in the Sensex bounced back nearly 3 percent in trade on Wednesday, after falling 5 percent on Tuesday on news that the health ministry has accepted the recommendation of expert panel to ban the sale of loose cigarettes.<br />
India moved a step closer to banning the sale of unpackaged cigarettes, with a view to discourage smoking in a country where close to a million people each year die of tobacco-related diseases.<br />