Govt. to introduce Anti-tobacco warnings on textbook covers

New Delhi: The Section 7 of COTPA mandates pictorial warning on all tobacco products to warn consumers. The health department has now proposed the idea of introducing the warnings on textbook covers or in form of posters which could be distributed to schools so that they can put it up.

The pictorial warnings should display the harms like cancer covering 40% of the product area. It meant that 60% of the same side and 100% of the next side was open to marketing the product -a wrong philosophy considering the impact of tobacco on health.

Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda had recently said that the idea behind this is to catch them young so that the children are aware of the ill effects of consumption of tobacco.

According to the Juvenile Justice Act amendment which has taken a serious view of imprisonment of people found guilty of selling these products to minors within a 100 yard radius of educational Institutions.