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MPs in India back bill on tobacco control

Thursday, 7 February 2013  at 09:40

An article published on 6th Feb 2013 on the website Two Circles, highlights the support for the plain packaging of tobacco products in India.

A private member's bill introduced in the last winter session of parliament to seek strict tobacco control measures in India has received support from Odisha's MPs and health experts, a Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP said Wednesday.

Several parliament members from Odisha's ruling BJD have expressed their support to the bill, Panda said. Among those who have extended their support include Shashi Bhusan Behera and Dilip Kumar Tirkey -- both members of the Rajya Sabha from the state, he said.
"Plain packaging of cigarettes and other tobacco products is essential to reduce the appeal of tobacco use, especially among youngsters," he added.
"In our country, where more than one million people die annually due to tobacco use and the annual health costs of tobacco related illnesses are a staggering $6.5 billion, this proposed amendment to the Indian tobacco control law will reduce initiation into tobacco use," he pointed out.
 The bill seeks to remove extraneous colours, embossing and misleading elements on tobacco packs, thus eliminating the "badge value" of all forms of tobacco product packaging. Brand and product names can be used in a standardized, prescribed style, font and colour, it says.

The tobacco industry uses attractive packaging and aggressive marketing to lure people into tobacco use. Australia is leading the way by introducing plain packaging as a powerful legislation to counter this industry tactic," said K. Srinath Reddy, president of PHFI.

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* This number reflects the total amount of people who have signed up to support the plain packaging of tobacco products, via the Plain Packs Protect Partnership (logos below), British Heart Foundation and Cancer Research UK websites.
Supporters Smoke Free South West Ulster Cancer Foundation ash Ash Scotland Ash Wales British Heart Foundation Cancer Research UK Chartered Institute of Environmental Health Cut Films Faculty of Public Health Fresh Smoke Free North East National Heart Forum NCSCT BTS - Stop Smoking Champions The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation Royal College of Physicians TCC Tobacco Free Future Trading Standards Partnership South West Smoke Free Lincs - Promoting a tobacco free life