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India steps up fight against Big Tobacco over health warnings

Govt wants manufacturers to cover 85% of a cigarette pack's surface in health warnings, up from 20% now

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Reuters  |  New Delhi 

India's health ministry has ordered government agencies to enforce a new rule for bigger health warnings on tobacco packets, stepping up a fight against the $10 billion cigarette industry that has shut down its factories in protest. The government wants manufacturers to cover 85% of a cigarette pack's surface in health warnings, up from 20% now. But ITC Ltd, part-owned by British American Tobacco, and Godfrey Phillips, partner of US based Philip Morris International, have opposed the measure, saying a parliament panel had suggested the health warning to be half the cigarette ...

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First Published: Tue, April 05 2016. 17:06 IST
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