Daily Archives: March 16, 2010

Tobacco is Ingrained in our Culture

The history of tobacco use in our country is long and complex. Historically, tobacco played (and still plays) a sacred role among American Indian tribes, for whom the plant is a source of spiritual guidance. Within 60 years of arriving in North America, European settlers recognized the commercial viability of tobacco and were exporting it back across the Atlantic. The slave trade was built on plantation owners’ desire for cheap labor to work in their tobacco fields. Tobacco is ingrained so deeply in American history that the plant’s leaves are carved into the columns of the U.S. Capitol. By the late 19th and early 20th centuries, cigarettes were being massproduced, and tobacco companies embarked on unprecedented marketing campaigns to promote them, employing tactics like advertising on baseball trading cards. And, indeed, the tobacco industry’s greatest success in the past century has been to position smoking as an integral part of American culture, something as American as baseball. For the past 100 years, the tobacco industry has had a hand in defining the events and social changes of every era.

New Interactive Tobacco Policy Map Launched

Interactive Tool Will Provide Latest Data on State Smoking Laws and Tobacco Control Spending

New pictorial warning for tobacco products to come into effect from 1st June in India

As per the provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008, subsequently amended in 2008 and 2009, the specified health warning rules notified by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on 31.5.2009 have to be rotated after every 12 months and the next rotation is due on 31.5.2010. As a signatory to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control the MoHFW has to rotate the health warnings on tobacco product packs on a regular basis.