New Labelling Legislation Delayed Again in India

Dec 3, 2007

Pressure from tobacco lobby delays legislation again

NEW DELHI: This is the fourth time in the past one year that the deadline of gory pictoral warnings on tobacco packets has been nullified. The new labels were initially planned for February, which was postponed to June, October and then to December.

In September, the same GoM had given its nod to the decision to make gory images of cancerous tumours, rotting teeth and diseased throats mandatory on tobacco packets. The new rules, passed by the Cabinet and Parliament, had specified that nearly 50% of the fresh packets would have to carry warnings in local languages. It also made the skull and crossbones sign optional…


Full Article: The Times of India (November 30, 2007)