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Panel’s questions will delay large cigarette packet warnings, says expert

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i176 (Published 13 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i176
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

An Indian parliamentary panel has raised questions about whether the health ministry’s move to increase the size of health warnings on cigarette packaging would reduce tobacco use, Reuters has reported.

The panel also raised concerns about whether this move would affect the livelihood of farmers who cultivated tobacco or increase its illegal trade and asked the ministry to state which tobacco ingredients were harmful and could cause cancer and how many cancers were linked to tobacco use.1

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