EFFORTS to gradually stub out tobacco consumption in India will not spare internationally-popular tobacco labels such as Marlboro, Benson Hedges, Camel or 555 that sell in the Indian market. They too will be required to sport the skull-and-bones symbol of caution on their packs.
Domestic tobacco manufacturers had been apprehensive on whether imported cigarettes would bear the same cautionary symbols that would be mandatory for local brands such as Wills or India Kings, once the Tobacco Control Bill comes into effect.
"Distributors of imported cigarettes would have to ensure that the international brands too sport the cautionary symbols as specified by the rules that would be framed and notified Buy Cheap Cigarettes Online, after the Bill receives the President's assent Discount Cigarettes Online. The Bill takes a stringent view on all tobacco products, whether they are domestic or international labels just as it puts a ban on all advertising of these products, direct or indirect," a senior Health Ministry official told Business Line.
Imports, whether through illegal channels or the porous borders of the country, have always been a touchy subject with the domestic tobacco industry. The Bill's actual implementation on the ground, its modalities and monitoring will depend on the framework that the rules to the Bill will lay down.
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But the Ministry officials point out that the World Health Organisation's global treaty is slated to be ratified soon by different countries and sponsoring of motor sports by tobacco majors is on the road to being phased out in the European Union by 2005-06 Best Menthol Cigarettes. The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisment and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Bill was recently passed by Parliament Cheap Cigarettes Online. It currently awaits the President's assent. Subsequently, its rules will be framed and the Act is expected to be notified within three months.
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