New health warnings on tobacco products packs from September 1

Prime News, National, Health, New Delhi, August 22:- The Centre has notified new sets of health warnings for all tobacco products by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules, 2008.

In a statement, Union Health Ministry said, the new warnings will come into effect from September 1. The text messages that will be printed on the packs are – tobacco causes painful death. A national toll-free number – 1800-11-2356 will also be printed on packs to assist the users to quit.

Health Ministry said, this helps in creating awareness among tobacco users, and gives them access to counselling services to effect behaviour change. The statement added that there shall be one common specified health warning for both smoking and smokeless forms of tobacco products. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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