Move to weaken picture warnings on tobacco packets in India causes outcry

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 23 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:366
  1. Ganapati Mudur
  1. New Delhi

    Public health experts throughout India have decried a government plan to water down picture warnings on packets of tobacco products, calling it a serious setback to efforts to control tobacco.

    A tobacco control law was passed by the Indian parliament in 2003 that mandates printing a picture of a skull and crossbones on all packets of tobacco products, but it is not yet enforced. The Indian cabinet has announced that the government will amend the law to make this picture “optional.”

    This decision has triggered an outcry among doctors and consumer activists who have long been urging stricter measures for tobacco control. “The government appears to have buckled …

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