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India

Discuss everything that is happening in India or is related to India

Sahil , Aug, 09 2016

Tobacco companies are resisting the increase in pictorial warnings on cigarette packets, being a huge contributor in tax and an aid for tobacco farmers the government should not corner these players


FMCG major ITC on Saturday said it is not ready to print larger pictorial warnings on its cigarette packs. Since Friday, under a new government notification, tobacco products are required to carry larger pictorial warnings covering 85 per cent of the display area on packets. Insisting that “the question of the legality of the new warnings has been and continues to be pending before the Court”, the company said it “did not commit to wasting substantial resources in creating the large number of cylinders and other tools necessary for a change-over of the warnings”.
FMCG major ITC on Saturday said it is not ready to print larger pictorial warnings on its cigarette packs. Since Friday, under a new government notification, tobacco products are required to carry larger pictorial warnings covering 85 per cent of the display area on packets. Insisting that “the question of the legality of the new warnings has been and continues to be pending before the Court”, the company said it “did not commit to wasting substantial resources in creating the large number of cylinders and other tools necessary for a change-over of the warnings”.

Puneet , Aug, 09 2016


The government should not force itself on ITC as 45 million people in India depend on the tobacco sector to earn a living, from farmers to industry workers and retailers, rehabilitation measures should be taken for them and gradual phase out must happen. About 3500 cr loss to Gujarat tobacco farmers as reported by tobacco lobby. value of illegal imports is about Rs.15,000 crore and the government is losing over Rs.8000 crore in taxes and excise duty
The government should not force itself on ITC as 45 million people in India depend on the tobacco sector to earn a living, from farmers to industry workers and retailers, rehabilitation measures should be taken for them and gradual phase out must happen. About 3500 cr loss to Gujarat tobacco farmers


Pavan , Aug, 09 2016


India is ranked 136 among 198 countries in terms of pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. The recent move for increasing pictorial signs is opposed by tobacco companies. However the government should go ahead with the move in its fight against tobacco. The tobacco farmers can be compensated through switching to other crops and providing subsides if necessary. The workers in msme who manufacture bidis can be provided other skills to help them switch if the industry is affected by poor sales. This move would help reduce tobacco consumption and provide a alternative employment. Early deaths result in loss of human capital and India cannot afford this while it wants to achieve development of the country. Thus the fight against tobacco needs to continue.
India is ranked 136 among 198 countries in terms of pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. The recent move for increasing pictorial signs is opposed by tobacco companies. However the government should go ahead with the move in its fight against tobacco. The tobacco farmers can be compensated throu


Shanu , Aug, 09 2016


The resistance from the tobacco companies on the lines that the larger warnings will lead to fall in the industry thus also affecting the tobacco farmers is valid. Government should make sure that the supply of tobacco crop decreases before imposing policies that will decrease the demand of the product. To achieve this government has to make sure that the farmers are being incentivised to shift to other crops. While this is a time taking process, provision of MSPs to farmers of tobacco can be a solution for the time being. Governments decision of larger pictorial warnings shouldnt be compromised as it is for a greater cause of public health. But the interests of farmers should be accommodated as stated.
The resistance from the tobacco companies on the lines that the larger warnings will lead to fall in the industry thus also affecting the tobacco farmers is valid. Government should make sure that the supply of tobacco crop decreases before imposing policies that will decrease the demand of the prod


Saloni , Aug, 09 2016


The options the government has to discourage smoking in India are to redesign IEC campaigns so they are more effective and reach a larger section of the population, legislative and executive action to enforce rules relating to pictorial warnings and plain packaging of cigarettes. They should also yearly increase taxes levied on cigarettes to discourage consumption and production. Controlling advertising of tobacco products through mass media and indirect means or surrogate advertising
The options the government has to discourage smoking in India are to redesign IEC campaigns so they are more effective and reach a larger section of the population, legislative and executive action to enforce rules relating to pictorial warnings and plain packaging of cigarettes. They should also ye


Payal , Aug, 09 2016


Bigger pictorial warning has not effect on reducing tobacco consumption - If this is their argument then they should not be afraid of bigger pictorial warning, because it will not affect their market. But studies has shown that thanks to larger graphic warning 58% of smokers in Canada and nearly 54% in Brazil and Thailand changed their opinion about health consequences of smoking on seeing the warning. Tobacco farmers may take another agriculture. Government cannot play with lives of millions to secure interest of tobacco farmers, when they have so many other commercial crops or food grains to grow. Increasing pictorial size will deter millions from falling in tobacco-trap and it is duty of state to improve public health as enshrined under Article - 48 of Directive Principles of State Policy chapter. Government should not yield to resistance by tobacco industry lobby.
Bigger pictorial warning has not effect on reducing tobacco consumption - If this is their argument then they should not be afraid of bigger pictorial warning, because it will not affect their market. But studies has shown that thanks to larger graphic warning 58% of smokers in Canada and nearly 54%


Anant , Aug, 09 2016


Historical evidence has shown the health cost on GDP is far, Total cost attributable to tobacco use, among all diseases in India in the year 2011, amounted to Rs 104,500 crore, which was 1.16% of the GDP. This was 12% more than the combined state and central governments expenditures on health in 2011-12. High death rate Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project estimated that by 2020, smoking and tobacco use could cause 1.5 million deaths. High percentage of chewable tobacco used by economically unwell.As per Global Adult Tobacco Survey-India conducted in the age group of 15 years and above, over 35% (almost 28 crore) of adult population consumes tobacco in some form or the other and majority of them are illiterate or semi-literate
Historical evidence has shown the health cost on GDP is far, Total cost attributable to tobacco use, among all diseases in India in the year 2011, amounted to Rs 104,500 crore, which was 1.16% of the GDP. This was 12% more than the combined state and central governments expenditures on health in 201