Tobacco products-Implement new warnings: Doctors to PM Modi


Taking a stand against tobacco and the existing warnings on cigarette packets, 653 doctors and seven medical associations from across India have become signatories to a joint letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister J P Nadda, seeking implementation of the new pictorial warnings on packs of tobacco products from April 1.

The move comes after a report tabled by the Parliamentary Committee on Subordinate Legislation (CoSL) stated that pictorial warnings should be reduced to 50 per cent of the display area from 85 per cent, which was proposed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Currently, the warnings cover 40 per cent of the product package area.

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The letter, addressed to Modi, read: “A series of events subsequently has forced the public health community to believe that the powerful tobacco lobby has overshadowed your personal commitment to make India healthier. The latest such event being the recommendations of the Committee on Subordinate Legislation to delay and dilute the notification for pictorial warning.”

The new pictorial warning signs were to be implemented from April 1. The parliamentary committee was, however, of the view that the size of the warning should be reduced.

According to Sanjay Seth, chief of an anti-tobacco campaign, 10 lakh Indians die every year because of tobacco.

Source: India News – IExpress

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  • April 3, 2016 12:58 pm at 12:58

    Ambiguity is Bad !

    Where ?

    * Health Ministry wants warning images on cigarette packs to cover 85% of the surface , against earlier rule of 40%
    * A Parliamentary Committee had recommended 50 %

    Reaction :

    * From friday ( 01 April 2016 ) , all cigarette factories have shut down in protest ,
    According to Tobacco Institute of India , this will cause,
    # Daily revenue loss of Rs 350 Crores
    # Threatening livelihood of 45.7 million people dependent on the Industry
    # Increase in trade in illegal cigarettes ( which already causes an annual
    revenue loss of Rs 9,000 cr to the exchequer )

    What should Government do ?

    Negotiate with the Industry and reach Agreement , using my suggestion as under :
    Source : My Blog dt 18 Aug 2013

    Going Up in Smoke ?

    Yesterday , Times of India reported :

    India’s tobacco industry supports 38 million people ( 380 lakhs )

    Every year , some 6 million ( 60 lakh ) people die in India thru use of tobacco ( mostly cigarettes )

    Of these , some 6 lakh die by inhaling smoke of other cigarette smokers

    So what can we do to save these 60 lakh ?

    Immediately close down entire tobacco industry ?

    And jeopardize the lives of 380 lakh ?

    Obviously , we cannot adopt a mutually exclusive solution !

    We must find a solution that , not only saves those 60 lakh but also continue to provide livelihood to 380 lakhs

    That cannot be done in one – or even five – years , but it is entirely possible to solve this problem over , 20 years , as follows :

    * Thru appropriate legislation , phase out tobacco industry by 2033

    * Immediately stop expansion of existing units

    * Do not allow new units to come up

    * Place a recruitment freeze in tobacco industry – no fresh hiring at any level

    * No replacement for retiring employees , after 2018

    * Provide incentives to industry to redeploy capital / manpower in alternate industries – especially those industries with large scope for creation of new jobs

    * Give generous tax-breaks to industry to remain profitable , even as they wind-up operations

    * Provide incentives to put up new-industry projects in less industrialized regions

    * Provide incentives for re-training existing workers in new skills in demand by others

    * Subsidize Voluntary Retirement Schemes of industry

    This is just a partial list . I am sure , if there is political will , experts will come up with many more viable suggestions

    Hint :

    If Shri Piyush Goyal can plan on banning all petrol / diesel driven vehicles on roads from 2030 , then banning cigarettes from 2036 , ought to be a ” Child’s Play ” !

    ———————————————————————————– / blogs

    03 April 2016

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