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Philip Morris targets India's youth, draws health officials' ire

Govt officials say Philip Morris is using methods that flout nation's tobacco-control regulations

Reuters  |  New Delhi 

S K Arora spent more than three years trudging through the Indian summer heat and monsoon rains to inspect tobacco kiosks across this sprawling megacity, tearing down cigarette advertisements and handing out fines to store owners for putting them up. But as fast as he removed the colorful ads, more appeared. The chief tobacco control officer at the Delhi state government, Arora asked the major cigarette companies to put a stop to the cat-and-mouse routine. In official letters and face-to-face meetings, he told them India's tobacco control laws barred such public advertising and promotion ...

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First Published: Tue, July 18 2017. 17:17 IST