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12 November 2016: Government wants ban on smokeless tobacco
 
There may soon be a complete ban on all forms of smokeless tobacco in India such as pan masala and flavoured chewing tobacco following the already existing ban on gutkha. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare on Friday released a monograph on ‘Smokeless Tobacco and Public Health in India’ at ongoing 7th session of the Conference of the Parties to the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) that revealed a clear policy recommendation to enforce a countrywide ban on production, supply and distribution of all packaged smokeless tobacco products.

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http://www.dnaindia.com/health/report-government-wants-ban-on-smokeless-tobacco-2272535

10 November 2016: India has third largest pictorial warning on tobacco products
 
India is third among countries with the largest pictorial warning on tobacco products, according to a report released on Thursday. The report said that India has moved to the third position out of 205 countries from its earlier ranking of 136 in 2014 and 123 in 2012. “Nepal now has the largest warning requirements in the world at 90 per cent of the package front and back.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/india-has-third-largest-pictorial-warning-on-tobacco-products-4368000/

15 June 2016: Karnataka bans E-Cigarettes
 
Karnataka government banned electronic cigarettes in the state with effect from today. "We have banned e-cigarettes today. The decision has been taken on the recommendation of the committee on cancer prevention," Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader told. 

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/Karnataka-bans-e-cigarettes/articleshow/52766126.cms

09 June 2016: Banks in J&K Ban Smoking in Premises, ATM’s
 
With the Jammu and Kashmir government giving directions for strict enforcement of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, banks in the state today banned smoking in all their workplaces and ATMs.

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http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/banks-in-jandampk-ban-smoking-in-premises-atms/1/688098.html

03 June 2016: Vendors booked for selling loose cigarettes& banned tobacco products
 
To ensure that loose cigarettes and other tobacco products are not sold by the vendors operating outside schools, a special squad from the Drugs and food control department today conducted surprise checks at various places in Center Lalchowk, the nerve centre of Srinagar.

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http://www.uniindia.com/vendors-booked-for-selling-loose-cigarettes-banned-tobacco-products/states/news/506792.html

31 May 2016: World No Tobacco Day 2016: Get ready for plain packaging
 
Every year, on 31 May, WHO and partners mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD), highlighting the health risks associated with tobacco use and advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption. For World No Tobacco Day, 31 May 2016, WHO and the Secretariat of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control are calling countries to get ready for plain (standardized) packaging of tobacco products.

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http://www.who.int/campaigns/no-tobacco-day/2016/event/en/

26 April 2016: India Railways to promote 'Anti-tobacco campaign'
 
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) with technical support from global health experts Vital Strategies has announced the launch of powerful outdoor 'Tears You Apart anti-tobacco campaign' to raise awareness of the harms of smokeless tobacco.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/India-Railways-to-promote-Anti-tobacco-campaign/articleshow/51992680.cms

28 March 2016: Delhi Budget 2016-17: VAT on Tobacco Products Increased
 
Smoking is going to pinch harder with prices of cigarettes likely to go up by 8-9% with the government increasing taxes on cigarettes for the fifth successive year. While the Budget did not change the basic custom duty on cigarettes, the additional duty of excise on cigarettes has increased by more than three times across cigarette sizes. As a result, the net impact on taxes will be around 10%.

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http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/cons-products/tobacco/budget-2016-excise-duty-on-tobacco-products-up-by-10-15-cigarettes-set-to-cost-more/articleshow/51189987.cms

15 January 2016: Juvenile Justice Act 2015 came into force
 
The Juvenile Justice Act, which allows children aged 16 to 18 years and in conflict with law to be tried as adults in cases of heinous offences, comes into force Friday. The Act, passed by the Rajya Sabha in the winter session of Parliament, received President Pranab Mukherjee’s assent on December 31. The Ministry of Woman and Child Development has passed orders stating that the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act 2015 will be enforceable from January 15, 2016.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-news-india/new-juvenile-justice-act-to-come-into-force-from-today/

17 October 2015: Govt will pursue steps to enforce ban on chewable tobacco:Jain
 
Delhi government will make all possible efforts to implement the ban on sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco products in the state, Health Minister Satyendra Jain said at the release of Gutka Ban study in New Delhi.

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http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/govt-will-pursue-steps-to-enforce-ban-on-chewable-tobacco-jain-115101601127_1.html

29 September 2015: Larger tobacco warnings from April next year, govt to tell Rajasthan High Court
 
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare is set to tell the Rajasthan High Court on 29th September that it is ready to implement the notification mandating larger pictorial warnings on tobacco packets from April 1, 2016 — a full year after it was originally scheduled to have come into effect. The ministry is also in the process of bringing out a notification to this effect.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/larger-tobacco-warnings-from-april-next-year-govt-to-tell-rajasthan-high-court/

27 September 2015: Bidi baron Shyama Charan Gupta renominated to parliamentary panel
 
Notwithstanding concerns over members with conflicting interests being part of parliamentary panels, bidi baron Shyama Charan Gupta has been nominated to the reconstituted panel looking into the issue of increasing size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products from existing 40 per cent to 85 per cent.

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http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2015-09-07/news/66297117_1_pictorial-warnings-tobacco-warnings-tobacco-products

03 September 2015: India may be grilled at WHO meet on failure to implement larger pictorial warnings on tobacco packs
 
India may have to face tough questions on tobacco control at the upcoming south-east Asia regional committee meeting of the World Health Organization next week.

Assessment of tobacco control measures taken by various countries in the region is among the top agendas to be taken up for detailed discussion during the meeting, sources said. The meeting, which will take place in Dili in Timor Leste, will be attended by health ministers from 11 countries of the south-east Asia region including Indian health minister J P Nadda.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/India-may-be-grilled-at-WHO-meet-on-failure-to-implement-larger-pictorial-warnings-on-tobacco-packs/articleshow/48781484.cms

06 August 2015: MPs get a room to smoke, activists tell Speaker it breaks your law
 
A designated smoking area for MPs inside Parliament has raised the hackles of anti-tobacco activists. A health institute involved in fighting against tobacco has written to the Lok Sabha Speaker saying the definition of a public place as laid down in the anti-tobacco Act would include Parliament, hence the decision to allow MPs to smoke violates the law.

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http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/mps-get-a-room-to-smoke-activists-tell-speaker-it-breaks-your-law/

15 July 2015: House panel meets anti-tobacco activists on pictorial warnings
 
Ahead of the monsoon session in Parliament, the parliamentary committee on subordinate legislation that was instrumental in deferring larger pictorial warnings in packs of all tobacco products called on civil society for consultations on the matter. However, the committee failed to arrive at a consensus with civil society pressing for 85% pictorial warning on packs of all tobacco products, sources, who attended the meeting, said. Representatives from several public health groups including Public Health Foundation of India, Voluntary Health Association of India and Indian Cancer Society made detailed presentation before Committee on Subordinate Legislation highlighting some of the key issues and facts related to consumption of tobacco.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Want-85-photo-warning-on-tobacco-product-packs/articleshow/48092961.cms

03 July 2015: Rajasthan High Court directs Indian government to implement bigger smoking warnings
 
Rajasthan High Court has directed the Indian government to immediately implement a rule for bigger health warnings on tobacco packaging, months after the measure was put on hold pending a report from a parliamentary panel. With the aim of reducing tobacco consumption, India last year said 85 percent of a cigarette packet's surface should be covered in warnings, up from about 20 percent now. The directive also extended to other tobacco products. The government in March deferred the implementation of the rule as a parliamentary panel said it was still reviewing how the industry would be impacted.

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http://in.reuters.com/article/2015/07/10/india-health-smoking-court-government-wa-idINKCN0PK1CH20150710

16 July 2015: New Report Details How U.S. Chamber of Commerce Helps Tobacco Industry Fight Life-Saving Policies in Over a Dozen Countries
 
A report released today by an international group of public interest and health organizations builds on the recent multi-part investigation by The New York Times and provides additional documentation and detail about how the U.S. Chamber of Commerce (U.S. Chamber) has helped the tobacco industry fight life-saving policies in more than a dozen countries, undermining measures intended to combat a global tobacco epidemic that threatens one billion lives this century. The Times’ articles exposed how the U.S. Chamber and its global network of more than 100 American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) affiliates have acted as a front group for the tobacco industry in systematically fighting effective tobacco control policies around the world.

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http://global.tobaccofreekids.org/en/industry_watch/marketing/chamber_of_commerce

18 April 2015: A toxic nexus
 
The way a parliamentary panel came under the influence of tobacco lobby led by a beedi baron and subverted a key public health measure that could have potentially saved lakhs of lives has once again exposed the nexus between Indian politicians and tobacco industry.

The episode is not an isolated one, but a part of a systematic support to the tobacco industry by politicians as well as the state. It is this nexus which first delayed strong anti-tobacco legislation for decades and has been creating hurdles in its implementation, once the bill was passed.

Pictorial health warnings on tobacco packs are being rolled out under the cigarettes and other tobacco products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, which was originally conceived in 1993, but passed in 2003. Since then, its various provisions are being implemented in phases. At every stage, tobacco lobbies within the parliament and the government are trying to dilute the regulations and delay their implementation. That's why, despite having one of the toughest anti-tobacco laws in the world which bans smoking in public places and advertising in mass media, India has a rising number of tobacco users.

There were 120 million smokers in 2010, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. With 10 per cent of the world's smokers, India is the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world. The burden of tobacco-related illness is huge. While paying lip service to anti-tobacco measures, the government is actually supporting the growth of tobacco industry over the past four decades. Taxpayers' money is being used to promote tobacco industry through three arms of the central government - Tobacco Board, Directorate of Tobacco Development and the Central Tobacco Research Institute (CTRI).

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http://www.deccanherald.com/content/472272/a-toxic-nexus.html

 
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