(Photo: AP)
(Photo: AP)

Govt notifies enhanced warnings, 'quitline' number for all tobacco products

  • The toll-free Tobacco Quit-line Services provides counselling and strategies for quitting tobacco use
  • The new warnings will come into effect on September 1

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday notified new sets of specified health warnings for all tobacco product packs by making an amendment in the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labeling) Rules 2018 with effect from 1 September.

“Two images notified shall be for all tobacco products manufactured or imported after the completion of twelve months from the date of commencement of first image. Telephone Quit-line number “Quit today call 1800-11-2356" is also the part of the health warning," an official statement from union health ministry said.

“This helps in creating awareness among tobacco users, and gives them access to counseling services to effect behavior change. There shall be one common specified health warning for both smoking and smokeless forms of tobacco products," it said.

The toll-free Tobacco Quit-line Services [1800-11-2356] provides counselling and strategies for quitting tobacco use. As per the recent second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey [GATS -2, 2016-17] conducted in the age group 15 years and above, 61.9% of current cigarette smokers, 53.8% of current bidi smokers and 46.2% of current smokeless tobacco users thought about quitting because of warning label on packets of cigarette, bidi and smokeless tobacco.

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