Big warnings on tobacco packs to stay

Big warnings on tobacco packs to stay

Voice of Tobacco Victims campaign Rajasthan patron Dr Pawan Singhal said on December 15, 2017, the high court "reversed all this good work by the Modi government by quashing the large pictorial warnings, which will take India back to 146th position in the world even behind Pakistan". According to a leading daily, Chief Justice Dipak Misra while staying High Court's order said that more than the business aspect, the health of the citizens is more important.

"Health of a citizen has primacy and he or she should be aware of that which can affect or deteriorate the condition of health", the Supreme Court said in its 13-page order. "We may hasten to add that deterioration may be a milder word" infact it destroys health, it said.

Ten medical associations and 453 doctors from across the country, including those from Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai and AIIMS, in Delhi, have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, protesting against a recent Karnataka High Court order reversing 85 per cent pictorial warnings on tobacco packets, in force since April 2016.

Shares of ITC, part-owned by British American Tobacco Plc, have risen 8.3 percent in the past year, compared with a 29 percent advance for the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index. According to the rule, there must be 85 per cent pictorial warnings on all sides of packages of cigarettes, bidis and other tobacco products. The Supreme Court will hear the case next on March 12.


"So far as tobacco is concerned, this is the most unsafe thing as it causes cancers and heart diseases", Venugopal said. For a while, I was forced to presume the right to trade is greater than the right to life."Tobacco Institute of India and other petitioners had challenged enforcement of the 2014 amendment rules before the Karnataka High Court, contending that they interfere with their right to speech and expression and affect their business.Allowing their contention, Karnataka HC struck down the rules".

The 2014 Rules mandate printing of specified health warnings covering 85 per cent of the principal display area of the products' packaging.

India's tobacco packaging rules are among the world's most stringent.

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