India’s Ministry of Health issued a series of new health warnings on July 23, including pictures of enhanced health warnings printed on all tobacco product packages. The revised rules apply from December 1, 2020 and are valid for 12 months.
“All tobacco products manufactured, imported or packaged on or after December 1, 2020 shall display the first set of images, while the second set of images shall be displayed by tobacco products manufactured, imported or packaged on or after December 1, 2021,” the Ministry of Health said in a statement. Any person who is directly or indirectly engaged in the manufacture, production, supply, import or distribution of cigarettes or any tobacco products shall ensure that all packages of tobacco products carry specified health warnings in full compliance with the requirements. “
As described in Section 20 of the cigarettes and other tobacco products (Prohibition of advertising and trade, commerce, production, supply and distribution) Act 2003, offenders are at risk of imprisonment or fines.