Health Ministry committed to issuing large pictorial warnings on tobacco products: JP Nadda

With the recent uproar in the Parliament about deferring large pictorial warnings on packages of all forms of tobacco, the Union Health Ministry is committed to implementing large pictorial warnings on tobacco products.

As reported by The Hindu, Health Minister, J P Nadda said that the Parliamentary committee is examining the Ministry's view and ministry stands by it.In a statement to the news paper, he said, 'Let s wait for the recommendations of the committee and not anticipate it. He said that the Parliamentary Committee as a whole had to give its collective view and we will not go by individual views.

The Parliamentary committee for subordinate legislation had recommended that 85% pictorial warnings on tobacco products be stalled citing that this move would affect the livelihood of many associated with the beedi making industry. Following this recommendation., the head of the same committee and BJP MP- Dilip Gandhi had commented that research in India has not proved that tobacco use can cause cancer. This reckless comment invoked severe criticism from the opposition.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, too favoured large pictorial warnings on tobacco products and urged the Health Minister to appoint a committee to look into the matter.

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