07 May 2009

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India: Come May 31 and we will see pictorial warning on Cigarette Packages

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India: Come May 31 and we will see pictorial warning on Cigarette Packages:
One more time, Supreme Court of India has given good judgment by directing to the government that cigarette packages must have pictorial warning like skull and cross bones on cigarette packs.
The sad part is that for this good cause also NGO has to file a case to get this order from Supreme Court of India.
Did you hear about this that any media channel has reported that this type of case is going on in supreme court of India .When there is case like Aarushi rape and murder this media shows it for 24 hours daily but when such a cause arise our media do not give more than few minutes . "Since the 2006 act (mandating pictorial warnings) was passed, the issue was being diluted or delayed for one reason or another by government of India

Even now, had the Supreme Court not stepped in, there would have been further delay."
P.C. Gupta, director of the Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health, said: "It is most unfortunate that the GoM, since its constitution in early 2007, had delayed the implementation of the law for two whole years, not to mention having diluted the stronger warning for a milder one."
In this order supreme court has added very good note that no other court is permitted to give injunction ,stop, or modify or inconsistent order ,conflicting order with this order this order of supreme court of India ..
Health warning labels on cigarette packages were introduced in the United States in 1965 to inform consumers about the health risks associated with tobacco use. The 1965 Federal Cigarette Labeling and Advertising Act required that the statement, Caution: Cigarette smoking may be hazardous to your health.
In 1984, Usa ,Congress enacted the Comprehensive Smoking Education Act, which required rotation of the following four black and white text messages on the side of cigarette packages:
Surgeon General’s warning: Smoking causes lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema, and may complicate pregnancy.
Quitting smoking now greatly reduces serious risks to your health.
Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight.
Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide.
Canada has already method of warning through pictures on the cigarette packages .
Pictures warnings are effective and they really work .Just think when 14 year old boy or 20 year old boy first time will take the cigarette packet in his hands and he sees dangerous and real pictures what cigarette can cause him he may put down the cigarette packet forever.
Just think if Cola bottle has such labels or your sweet box has such labels like showing
Lizards will you eat them or drink them, will you enjoy them.
Twelve countries have laws requiring picture-based health warnings, according to the Canadian Cancer Society, including:

• Australia
• Belgium
• Brazil
• Canada
• Chile •
• Jordan
• New Zealand
• Singapore
• Thailand
• Uruguay
• Venezuela
In UK , people choose 15 pictures which should be used on cigarette packets. We hope in India the chosen pictures will be effective in nature showing like Canada .


Corinne Rodrigues May 07, 2009  

Hi SM -thanks for dropping by on my blog and for your comments. You have a new follower!

jamos jhalla May 07, 2009  

i appreciate your this concern and regret govt. and media,s unappealable negligence.i my self was a chain smoker but in early 90s i was asked to write an article on anti tobaco day.then i studied the ills of tobaco .as a result of which i divorced smoking first then i developed article.saadhuvaad.

BK Chowla, May 07, 2009  

Why was the state delaying the implementation of the SC order?Was the ciggarett lobby at work?
I was a 45 cig smoker and gave up in one minute.Those of you who still smoke,please give up.There are better ways of enjoying onself

Hickson May 07, 2009  

Read Somewhere..

Smoking helps u lose weight..

One lung at a time...:-)

sm,  May 07, 2009  

corinne ty your blog is also good.

sm,  May 07, 2009  

jamos its great you got rid from this habit.

sm,  May 07, 2009  

Bk yes you are right.

Everymatter May 08, 2009  

i am still doubtful and tobocco lobby may be ale to search some substitute of it and may print only poor quality pictures/small pictures/pictures which do not indicate complete message

vinny May 09, 2009  

Cigarette manufacturers bring in most taxes to the govt..why would any 'self-respecting', smart govt yield to the health benefits of its citizens???
Govt n media r hand-in-glove match..together they r ruining us...shame on all these ppl :(

thanks for ur expression !

Anwin May 09, 2009  

yeah dude read about the news. and it is definitely about time the Govts. and the Supreme Court did something about bringing down the smoking population...

Atul May 09, 2009  

Smoking kills

Anonymous,  May 10, 2009  

Hi Sm
Stumbled onto your blog from another site.
I did not know about this! It is good news and will definitely act as a deterrent for new smokers. Well the addicts are way past all this I think! :(

dmanji May 11, 2009  

Yes we are used to this kind of apathy from Govt. of India. We always need a apex court ruling to implement something of real concern. This on is a well researched post as well.

Rambler June 05, 2009  

I hope they really implement this rule.How can anyone look at this pictures and still smoke!!