Saturday, February 19, 2011

Tobacco warning labels to appear on interior and exterior of package

Health Canada released Friday a new set of bigger and more graphic health warnings for cigarette packages that will require tobacco companies to overhaul both the inside and outside of packs. Twelve new images to cover 75 per cent of the outside panel of cigarette packages were unveiled alongside eight... FULL ARTICLE AT Leader Post Online

Deadline for ban on gutkha in plastic sachet stays

New Delhi, Feb 17 : In a setback to chewing tobacco manufacturers, the Supreme Court Thursday declined to extend the March 1 deadline banning the marketing of tobacco products in plastic sachets.

An apex court bench of Justices G.S Singhvi and A.K. Ganguly, however, said the central government's rules prohibiting the plastic packaging, which was to come into force with immediate effect, will now be kept on hold till March 1.

The government had notified the said rules Feb 4 this year. However, the court by its Dec 7, 2010 order had said the ban of plastic sachets will come into force from March 1, 2011.

The apex court also issued notice to the government and other parties, including NGOs seeking a ban on a petition by the chewing tobacco manufactures challenging the rules prohibiting the use of plastic sachets for packaging chewing tobacco, or gutkha.

The matter will come up for hearing April 13.

A study carried by National Institute of Public Health on the directions of the court revealed that 86 percent of the world's oral cancer occur in India and 90 percent of those cancers are passed due to chewing tobacco.

In another shocking revelation, it said 24 percent of school going children were already addicted to chewing tobacco.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Supreme Court has banned the sale of tobacco products in plastic pouches

India’s Supreme Court has banned the sale of tobacco products in plastic pouches – despite angry protests from manufacturers. The move affects the packaging of several types of chewing tobacco and comes amid growing concerns about the impact of cigarettes smoking on public health.
Different types of chewing tobacco – including gutkha and paan – are extremely popular in India.