March 16, 2011 - Crisis in India: Smoking Expected to Kill 1 Million People Annually by 2010 by Larry West, About.com Guide
India - 80% of teenagers in metropolitan cities are addicted to smoking cigarettes..
A leader of India's main opposition party called for a complete ban on tobacco on Tuesday, March 15th in a potentially unpopular policy announcement she said was justified on public health grounds.
Why not try one state at a time to go tobacco free - start with GOA (India State of Goa - stop sale of loose cigarettes and raise tobacco taxes.. - tobaccowatch.org)
Sushma Swaraj, parliamentary leader of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), raised the issue in the lower house on Tuesday, saying as many as 800,000 people died of cancer caused by tobacco in India every year.
"I stand for (a) complete ban on all tobacco products," Swaraj, a former health minister, later wrote on the micro-blogging website Twitter. Failing an immediate ban, she said she favoured better pictorial warnings about the effects of tobacco on packets of cigarettes. (India - cigarette/bidis companies resume tobacco production..) In 2009, India began printing graphic health warnings on cigarette packets and other tobacco products, including photos of diseased lungs and gums, as part of efforts to cut smoking.
The country is the world's second-largest producer and consumer of tobacco behind China, according to the American Cancer Society and the World Lung Foundation. About a fifth of Indians, or 241 million people, use tobacco in some form.
In October 2008, India banned smoking in public places and the sale of tobacco products near educational institutes and hospitals -- but the regulations are flouted in many places. (India - despite govt ban, sale and advertising of tobacco products is rampant around educational institutions..)
Reference: India's opposition leader calls for tobacco ban by Deshakalyan Chowdhury, Agence France Presse (AFP News), 3/15/2011.
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*India - captions with pictorial warnings should use local languages..:
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World anti tobacco day May 31, 2010 - Photos Women Smoking in India..