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AAP targets BJP over tobacco controversy; asks Speaker to take action

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party launched a verbal attack on BJP over the ongoing controversy about putting cautionary message on cigarette packs today. AAP asked the Speaker to take action against the members ‘who continue to the part of the committee without due declaration.’

In a statement the party accused BJP of supporting vested interests and industrial lobbies which are a major cause of cancer related deaths in the country.

The party pointed towards ministers like Ram Prasad Sarmah and Beedi Baron cum MP Shyam Charan Gupta denying the link between smoking and cancer as a clear of conflict of interest.

‘The public statements of BJP MPs in support of tobacco syndicate is not just grossly unethical but also raises several questions on the effectiveness of Parliamentary working.’ the release said and asked BJP to take a clear public stand on the issue.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly asked Health Minister JP Nadda to make health warning on 65% of the cigarette pack exterior mandatory.

Cigarette companies had to give statutory warnings on 85% of cigarette pack from April 1st according to a 2014 Union Health Ministry notification.

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Smokers Notice Health Warnings More on Plain-Packaged Cigarettes

For the study, the team included 1,865 current smokers aged 16 and above

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Warnings used on standardised packs were novel and larger than those on fully-branded packs - and displayed pictorial images on both main display areas, the team said. Pixabay

Health warnings on plain-packaged cigarettes affect smokers more than those marked on branded packs, finds a new study.

Warnings used on standardised packs were novel and larger than those on fully-branded packs – and displayed pictorial images on both main display areas, the team said.

“Consistent with the broad objectives of standardised packaging, our research found that it was associated with increased warning salience, and thoughts about risks and quitting,” said lead researcher Crawford Moodie from the University of Stirling in Scotland.

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The study showed that smokers who bought standardised packs were more likely to have noticed and read the warnings compared to those who had never used standardised packs. Pixabay

“This study adds to the growing body of evidence that standardised packaging reduces the appeal of tobacco products,” said George Butterworth, Senior Policy Manager at Cancer Research, UK.

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The study showed that smokers who bought standardised packs were more likely to have noticed and read the warnings compared to those who had never used standardised packs.

Those who bought standardised packs also thought about the health risks of smoking and quitting and were more likely to have noticed a stop smoking sign on packs. For the study, the team included 1,865 current smokers aged 16 and above. (IANS)