Sunday, May 23, 2010
Government surrendered in front of Tobacco Industry
The pictorial warnings on all tobacco products is mandatory under Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Suply and Distribution) Act, 2003 "COTPA, 2003". It was notified on 3rd, May 2009 that no tobacco products will be sold without the pictorial warnings in 40% of the packet area. Which was earlier notified in 15th March, 2008. The health warning shall change after every six month period. The change was supposed to be undertaken from 1st June, 2010 on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day, 2010. The notification was published on 5th March, 2010 in The Gazette of India. Few days back Center government published another notification to postpone the matter till 1st December, 2010. This changes were done only due to the lots of pressure from the tobacco industries. As they have good advocates to fight against the law. The people suffering from tobacco use have no advocates to make pressure on the government. The common people through out the state shall make pressure on state and center government not to bend in front of these industries.