Centre amends Tobacco Products Packaging and Labelling Rules

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The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Packaging and Labelling Rules, 2008 vide GSR 248 (E) dated 13 April 2020 “The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules, 2020”.

The amended Rules will be applicable to with effect from September 1st, 2020. According to the new rule, the printing of two types of images on the boxes has been made mandatory. The new Images which comes in 19 different Indian languages in addition to English and Hindi should be printed in the local language where it is to be meant for selling.

The selected images depict the horrible condition of the tobacco consumer in two different dimensions creating fear among consumers who are addicted to tobacco products.

Further, the notification specifies the follows:

  • All tobacco products manufactured or imported or packaged on or after September 1, 2020, shall display Image -1 and those manufactured or imported or packaged on or after September 1, 2021, shall display Image-2.
  • Any person engaged directly or indirectly in the manufacture, production, supply, import or distribution of cigarettes or any tobacco products shall ensure that all tobacco product packages shall have the specified health warnings exactly as prescribed.
  • Violation of the above-mentioned provision is a punishable offence with imprisonment or fine as prescribed in Section 20 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.
  • The definition of “package” has been amended to be in conformity with the Act and the Rules made thereunder.