Centre issues new health warning for tobacco products packs

By Shgun S -- July 29, 2022 2:36 pm -- Updated:July 29, 2022 2:38 pm

New Delhi, July 29: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday issued a new set of health warnings for all tobacco product packs by amending the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008.

The revised guidelines will take effect from December 1, 2022, according to a notification from the ministry. The ministry has released a new image to be used on tobacco and cigarette packages.

"All tobacco products manufactured or imported or packaged on or after 1st December, 2022 shall display Image -1 with the textual Health Warning as ‘TOBACCO CAUSES PAINFUL DEATH’," the statement read.

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According to the ministry, anybody who is directly or indirectly involved in the manufacture, production, supply, import, or distribution of cigarettes or tobacco products must verify that all tobacco product packages contain the specified health warnings exactly as prescribed.

The government has warned that violating the rule is a criminal offence, punishable by imprisonment or fine.

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-PTC News

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