19 July 2006

Tobacco Kills / Smoking Kills

"Tobacco Kills / Smoking Kills" - such health warnings would be mandatory on all tobacco products soon failing which the sellers would attract stringent penalty including imprisonment. Other health warnings that could appear on tobacco packages include 'skull and bones sign' or a pictorial representation of ill effects of tobacco use and a health message. The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packing and Labeling) Rules 2006 make it mandatory that every package of cigarette or any other tobacco product shall contain the specified health warning.

The new rules would come into effect next year to allow the trade and industry to make the necessary changes in their trade practices. Any person who produces or manufactures cigarettes or tobacco products without the specified warning shall in the case of first conviction be punishable with imprisonment for a term, which may extend to two years, or with fine, or with both. Even the person who sells or distributes cigarettes or tobacco products without the specified warning shall be liable to punishment.

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