Rally for displaying pictorial warnings on tobacco products

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Shimla, Dec 11 (UNI) Several NGOs and local health organisations today organised a rally here, demanding that all tobacco products should prominently display warnings against its use on the front side.

Addressing newspersons here, HPVHA director P C Gupta said compulsory pictorial display warnings on all tobacco products was being postponed due to alleged political pressure.

''Tobacco manufacturers do not want to tell the truth to the people because it may affect their profits,'' he added He said the manufacturers have been arguing that the workers of the tobacco industry would be adversely affected due to the pictorial warnings as a drop in the sales would directly lead to 50 per cent employees losing their jobs, he said.

''But would government allow threat to 110 crore people just for the jobs of 45,000 tobacco company employees, for whom the alternate jobs could be provided easily,'' Mr Gupta said.

He said since that tobacoo consumption was set to be the next big epidemic in the country, hence it was necessary that the menance should be curbed in the bud.

UNI

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