November 30, 2010 - Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), Government of India (GOI)- the implementation of new pictorial health warnings becomes effective on December 1, 2010 from the earlier commitment of introducing them from June 1, 2010.
The pictorial warnings were proposed in July 2006 under the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 and were suppose to appear on every tobacco pack sold from June 1, 2010..
India ranks 100 among 175 countries surveyed on warning size and fulfilment of requirements for picture-based warnings on cigarette packets. Under the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), an international treaty signed and ratified by India, the parties are required to carry health warnings on all packages of tobacco products describing the harmful effects of tobacco use. The warnings "should be 50% or more of the principal display areas, but shall be no less than 30% of the display areas", and include pictorial warnings. (India ranks a lowly 100 in campaign against tobacco, Kounteya Sinha, The Times of India, 11/21/2010)
References: Pictorial warnings on tobacco packs in India from Dec 1, smoking-quit.info, by Kounteya Sinha, TNN, 5/18/2010; A majority of Indians want stringent pictorial warnings on tobacco products to warn smokers against the hazards of consuming tobacco, ZEEnews.com, 11/26/2010.
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