Government proposes changes to packaging and labeling standards for tobacco products
Cigarette manufacturers and tobacco companies (which manufacture smoking and non-smoking products) in India must adhere to certain changes in packaging and labeling standards set by the Center as of December 1.
According to a notification from the Union Department of Health and Family Welfare, one of the warning messages should read “Tobacco causes painful death”; while the other proposed should say “Tobacco users die younger”.
Each of the two warning texts must be accompanied by different images. The second warning message with a different set of image comes into effect 12 months after the first message.
“The Central Government hereby makes the following rules to further amend the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules 2008….may be referred to as the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Amendment Rules 2022 tobacco (packaging and labeling).(2)….and they will come into force on December 1, 2022,” the notification reads.
Both messages should appear in white font on a red background. The words ‘QUIT TODAY CALL 1800-11-2356’ will appear in white type on a black background.
“Text health warnings must be printed in four colors with a print resolution of at least 300 DPI (dots per inch),” the notification reads.
July 23, 2022