India – New pictorial warnings required

A new notification of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare was issued on 27 May 2011, providing for strong pictorial warnings on both smoking and smokeless tobacco product packaging. Four pictures depicting lung and oral cancers will be published on such packaging from 1 December 2011. The warnings will be rotated every two years. More information can also be obtained from Dr Jagdish Kaur, Chief Medical Officer, Directorate General of Health Services, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (jagdish.kaur2010@gmail.com).

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