Tobacco lobby wants relaxation in norms?


smokingA chide is visible between Union health ministry and some of the BJP MPs over the idea of having 85 per cent space for the strict statutory warning about danger of smoking and only 15 per cent space for the brand promotion on a packet of Bidi or sigarette. A section of tobacco lobby within the party wanted the ministry to ease out norms and the ministry under pressure from the tobacco lobby is expected to relax it but some of the party MPs are vehemently opposed to it. Even the former health minister was of the opinion to follow these norms as not only consumers but poor bidi and sigarette makers are not aware of the danger. So this warning will definitely help.


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