Golden Tobacco Ltd begins implementing 85% pictorial warning rule on its cigarette packs

One of the oldest cigarette manufacture company Golden Tobacco Ltd. became the first company in India to implement the Union Health Ministry’s Cigarettes Packaging Amendment Rules, 2014. Golden Tobacco Company have started carrying 85% pictorial health warnings on both sides of it tobacco packets bearing April 2016 as the manufacture date.

The packs of two of the company’s several several brands – Panama and Golden Gold Flake – bearing April 2016 as the manufacture date will have these pictorial warnings on both sides.The 85% pictorial warning rule applies to packaging of cigarettes, beedis and non-smoking tobacco. The ministry had introduced the new rule in October 2014. However, the tobacco lobby had strongly opposed the decision. Several Indian tobacco product companies decided to stop production on April 1. The Tobacco Institute of India, whose members account for 98% of cigarette manufactured in India, had said the move will result in an estimated daily loss of Rs 350 crore in the tobacco industry’s turnover in India.

The main aim behind this larger pictorial warning rule is to create awareness about the serious and adverse health consequences of tobacco usage. 

Extra info:
nearly 10 lakh people die in India every year – 2,700 daily – as a result of tobacco use, 50% of cancers that patients in the country suffer from are tobacco-related.
Union health minister Jagat Prakash Nadda

So lets do:
1. Who is the Union health minister of India?
2. __________ became the first company in India to implement the Union Health Ministry’s Cigarettes Packaging Amendment Rules, 2014.


Source – The Hindu


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