India’s top court tells tobacco industry packs must carry bigger warnings Smoking kills more than 1 million people a year in India
Eastern Eye Staff
India’s Supreme Court on Wednesday said the tobacco industry must adhere to federal rules requiring stringent health warnings on cigarette packs, in a major setback for the $11 billion (£7.6 billion) industry that opposes the new policy. The court also turned down an industry plea to stay the implementation of the new tobacco-control rules introduced from April 1, which require health warnings to cover 85 percent of a cigarette pack’s surface, up from 20 percent earlier. The tobacco industry “should not violate any rule prevailing as of today,” the two-judge bench said during the 45-minute hearing inside a packed courtroom…
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