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Government to increase pictorial warnings on tobacco products

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In order to reduce the consumption of tobacco, the government on Friday assured the Lok Sabha that it would increase the size of the pictorial warning on all the tobacco products.

Earlier, two of the BJP members of the parliamentary panel had made the controversial remarks, questioning that if there is a link between smoking and cancer.

However, to prevent the criticism for keeping a hold on the decision on larger pictorial warnings, the health minister J P Nadda said, “The government will see to it that the size of the health warnings on the tobacco products increases.”

“There is a direct relation between the consumption of tobacco and cancer. The ministry is consistent and crystal clear in its efforts to reduce tobacco consumption. We will go ahead once the panel submits its report,” added Nadda as the opposition members attacked the government in Lok Sabha over the statements made by the BJP members of the Parliamentary Committee of Subordinate Legislation.

As of now the government has put a hold on the decision, which will make it mandatory for tobacco firms to have 85 per cent pictorial warning on tobacco products. Earlier, this rule was supposed to come in effect from April 1.

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53% Smokers Belong to the Age Group of 20-30 Years, Reveals Survey

India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction

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A woman smokes an electronic cigarette in London, Aug. 19, 2015. VOA

A whopping 53 per cent of smokers belong to the age group of 20 to 30 years, a survey has revealed, adding most of them resort to smoking to cope with stress.

According to the survey conducted by Aviss Foundation, every third person in the age group of 15-50 years was addicted to smoking.

“Of all the respondents, which were between the age group of 15 to 50 years, a whopping 33 per cent admitted to smoking addiction,” it said.

The survey revealed that youths took to smoking to beat the stress.

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Hookah smoking is addictive and can lead to the use of other tobacco products such as cigarettes. Pixabay

“According to the survey figures, 56 per cent thought that smoking helped them get relief from stress while 55 per cent of them admitted that they are aware of its ill-effects and were anxious about their health but continue to smoke anyway. Apart from this, 55 per cent had tried to quit smoking but failed, underlying the strong addictive nature of smoking leading to difficulties in giving up,” it added.

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India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12 per cent of the world’s smokers.

“While government policies in India have always been designed carefully around the targeted awareness programmes, the survey figures indicate that it’s time to sit up and fine-tune our strategies to address the issue more effectively,” said Aviss Foundation head Prerana Garg. (IANS)