Tobacco Products

  • Oral cancer claims one life every six hours in India 4 days ago

    Kolkata: One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in the country, signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist. The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, Secretary-General of the Indian Dental Association Dr....
  • Health Minister asks CMs to consider raising VAT on tobacco products to 50 pc July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to discourage people from consuming tobacco products, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has written to all the chief ministers to consider raising the VAT on tobacco-made products to 50 per cent. He has asked the state governments to frame a tax policy making tobacco products...
  • Mumbai: HC notice to Centre, CBFC on anti-smoking warning in films February 4, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Union government and the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) on a petition by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap challenging the notification that made an anti-smoking disclaimer mandatory during smoking scenes in a movie. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit...
  • Punjab government draws criticism for lowering VAT on tobacco products January 27, 2014

    Chandigarh: Voice of Tobacco Victims, a civil society organisation, on Monday criticised the Punjab government's recent decision to roll back taxes on cigarettes from 55 to 22 per cent. Neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir have increased VAT on tobacco products, professor of Surgical Oncology at Tata...
  • In Punjab, 17,000 booked for smoking in public October 9, 2013

    Chandigarh: Over 17,000 people have been issued tickets (challaned) by the Punjab government this year for violating ban on smoking in public places, a senior health officer said in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Punjab's Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Vini Mahajan said that 12 districts in Punjab have already been...
  • New pictorial warnings missing from tobacco products April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Even though the government-approved new pictorial warnings on tobacco packets were to be implemented April 1, 2013, a survey by a health organisation said on Monday that no tobacco products in the national capital carried the new warning. "Tobacco companies have been given ample time to ensure the new...
  • Notice to government on smoking scenes in films March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday issued notice to the health and family welfare ministry on film director Mahesh Bhatt's plea seeking quashing of a notification prohibiting smoking scenes in movies. Bhatt said that the government's notification of Sep 27, 2011 was 'illegal and arbitrary' and violated his fundamental rights. A...
  • Watered down warnings on tobacco products May 31, 2011

    New Delhi: New, stronger pictorial warnings will finally appear on tobacco products this December but cigarette packs won't have the harsher warning that Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad himself had publicised in March 2010. Those will only go on chewable tobacco products. Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said, "Of 35 per...
  • New pictorial warnings for tobacco products May 28, 2011

    The Union Health Ministry has cleared a new set of pictorial warnings for tobacco products such as cigarettes, beedis, gutka, and cigars in India, which will be visible from December 1, 2011. ...
  • Ban on gutka, smokeless tobacco products soon April 13, 2011

    New Delhi: After a ban on plastic packaging for tobacco products, the Supreme Court is now considering a total ban on gutka and other smokeless tobacco products. Srinath Reddy, PHFI said, "Tobacco is the number one killer. It kills more than 1 million Indians every year. If you are considering...
  • In Delhi's 'thank you' budget, only tobacco taxed more June 22, 2009

    New Delhi: Delhi's finance minister AK Walia on Monday presented a 'thank you' budget to people for voting the Congress to power for the third consecutive term in the state, retaining the tax structure unchanged, except on tobacco products, and unveiling several new infrastructure projects ahead of Commonwealth Games 2010. "The...
  • Ramadoss lobbies global support to curb smoking December 3, 2007

    New Delhi: Days after the tobacco lobby forced Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss to remove pictorial warnings from tobacco products, he is seeking help from the international community to help him with the issue. Speaking before the 5th World Assembly on Tobacco in New Delhi, Ramadoss said, “The anti-forces are huge. My...
  • Skull and bone warning on tobacco products stirs Parliament August 31, 2007

    New Delhi: Parliament on Friday was disrupted due to heated arguments on whether should there be skulls signs on the cigarette packs as warnings or not. This was one debate, which was not going to go up in smoke. An amendment introduced to ensure cigarette companies printed the mandatory skull...