Government encouraging tobacco consumption: Congress

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New Delhi, Mar 15 (ANI): Vexed over a parliamentary panel suggesting reduction in the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products, Congress spokesperson Renuka Chowdhury on Tuesday accused the government of encouraging tobacco consumption.

Chowdhury told ANI, that in all means tobacco is a hazardous not only for those who are consuming it, but also for the people around them. The government should take due cognisance of the malice it spreads.

“Tobacco is injurious to health and in the coming future the harm it causes will only increase. Tobacco not only affects the one who is consuming it but also hurts the ones who are around them. This is very unfortunate that we are even pondering over this issue, such decisions affect the common man,” she said.

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“After so many endeavours we have somehow pulled the youth to quit and stay away from tobacco and by doing this we will once again encourage them to walk on the wrong path, it is disgraceful,” she added.

According to the Health Ministry, members of a parliamentary panel have suggested that pictorial warnings on tobacco products should be 50 percent against the proposed 85 percent.

According to sources, Health Ministry said that the committee has come is of the view that in order to have a balanced approach, the warning on cigarette packets should be 50 percent on both sides of the principal display area else it might result in flooding of illicit cigarettes in the country.

The Health Ministry has been adamant on implementing 85 percent pictorial health warnings on both sides of all tobacco products.(ANI)

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