New Delhi, April 2: Although there was a government order that requires all tobacco products, packages for “pictorial health warning” Tobacco companies are violating this order.
That has become light by a snap poll of public health association of India (VHAI) in New Delhi. According to the survey, “no cigarettes, bidis, bags or any other tobacco products, chewing tobacco have the new picture warnings.” The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had issued a notification in September 2012, that the warning was implemented from 1 April 2013. A snap poll conducted by Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) about 50 stores outlets in Delhi, found that there was hardly any compliance.
“In accordance with the decree of the Government of a new set of packaging prevention rules must be implemented as smoking so chewing tobacco products, included insertion of the word” warning “in red font and ensure the maintenance of the ratio between the length of the horizontal and vertical lengths of the health warning so as to make ensure that the pictures are not distorted with change in size of pack, “executive director VHAI Bhavna Mukhopadhyay was quoted as saying.
“With the growing of tobacco in India is 274 million more than the burden of adult tobacco users, the need for strong and effective graphic health warnings and growing organizations in tobacco control have been continuously rallying against earlier mild warnings appear on tobacco products. Tobacco companies have been given more than enough time to make sure that the new picture warnings on tobacco packages.
It is now time for law enforcement agencies within the Government to ensure effective compliance and bring the perpetrators to book, “added Mukhopadhyay tobacco companies that do not follow the rules will have to pay a fine up to Rs 1,000. Imprisonment to one year or both under Article 20 cigarettes other tobacco products Act, 2003 (COTPA). Tobacco manufacturers could face fines of up to Rs. 5,000 or imprisonment for up to two years, or both on the first conviction.