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Health Ministry notifies new health warnings for tobacco products

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Ministry of HealthThe Union Health Ministry has notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs.

The new rules will be applicable from 1 September onwards for all tobacco products manufactured or imported or packaged.

As per rules, the tobacco will feature a fresh set of 85 per cent pictorial warnings.

“The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India has notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules and Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Second Amendment Rules, 2018,” the statement said.

“Any person engaged directly or indirectly in the production, supply, import or distribution of cigarettes or any tobacco products shall ensure that all tobacco product packages shall have the specified health warnings exactly as prescribed,” the statement added.

Violation of the provisions is a punishable offence with imprisonment or fine as prescribed in Section 20 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.

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