Tobacco: INDIA vs WORLD


     madhukar katiyar
WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2009


         31 May 2009


Theme: Tobacco Health Warnings
• The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected
  "Tobacco Health Warnings" as the theme for the next
  World No Tobacc...
• The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco
  Control obligates its more than 160 countries
  parties to require "health war...
Tobacco Pictorial
   Warnings
      of
  AUSTRALIA
Tobacco Pictorial
   Warnings
      of
    BRAZIL
Tobacco Pictorial
   Warnings
      of
   CANADA
Tobacco Pictorial
    Warnings
       of
EUROPEAN UNION
Tobacco Pictorial
   Warnings
      of
 SINGAPORE
Tobacco Pictorial
   Warnings
      of
    Thailand
Tobacco Pictorial
   Warnings
      of
  VENEZUELA
? INDIA(?An Emerging Superpower)
• Former Union Health Minister’s ambitious
  plan to introduce pictorial warnings on the
  tobacco products was delayed wi...
• With tobacco workers forming a 10-lakh
  strong vote bank in India, the group of
  ministers (GoM) headed by foreign min...
• Speaking at The Indian Express Idea
  Exchange program recently, Mukherjee
  spoke at length about various
  considerati...
“Thousands die
every day while
politicians sit on
  their hands”
INDIA



Despite GOM’s lethargy,Supreme Court
cleared display of tobacco pictorial
warnings :Court records Government
Unde...
NEW DELHI: Repeated dithering by Indian government in
  introducing pictorial signs and health warnings on
  cigarette pac...
The advocate asked how the government,
which has ministers who themselves own
tobacco plantations, could take a decision
t...
Even the pictorial sign, which was to be ‘
skull and bones’ -- internationally
understood to depict danger — had been
dilu...
The Final Decision
• The pictorial warning shall be limited to 40 per
  cent of the principal display area on the front
  ...
So where does or shall
 India stand in Global Tobacco
Pictorial Warnings ? . . ? . . .?


Sadly , as always , the Tobacco
...
Tobacco Production In India this year
 Has increased by a Whopping 50 %
instead of Reducing in accordance to
  Signed Inte...
INDIAN BUDGET 2009

• Presented on 7-7-2009 by
  the new Finance Minister
  Mr Pranab Mukherjee –
  NO NEW /INCREASED
  TA...
“Thousands shall
 continue to die
 every day while
 politicians sit on
   their hands”
Thank You for watching
   this presentation




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NO NEW /INCREASED TAX on Tobacco Products is proposed , Tobacco Production In India this year Has increased by a Whopping 50 %instead of Reducing in accordance to Signed International Treaties

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  1. 1. Tobacco: INDIA vs WORLD madhukar katiyar
  2. 2. WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY 2009 31 May 2009 Theme: Tobacco Health Warnings
  3. 3. • The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected "Tobacco Health Warnings" as the theme for the next World No Tobacco Day, which will take place on 31 May 2009. • Tobacco health warnings appear on packs of cigarettes and are among the strongest defenses against the global epidemic of tobacco. • WHO particularly approves of tobacco health warnings that contain both pictures and words because they are the most effective at convincing people to quit. Such pictorial warnings appear in more than a dozen countries. • On World No Tobacco Day 2009, and throughout the following year, WHO will encourage governments to adopt tobacco health warnings that meet all the criteria for maximal effectiveness, including that they cover more than half of the pack, appear on both the front and back of the pack and contain pictures.
  4. 4. • The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control obligates its more than 160 countries parties to require "health warnings describing the harmful effects of tobacco use" on packs of tobacco and their outside packaging and recommends that the warnings contain pictures. WHO works through its Tobacco Free Initiative department to help the parties to meet their obligation, providing technical and other assistance. • As WHO Director General Margaret Chan says, "We hold in our hands the solution to the global tobacco epidemic that threatens the lives of one billion men, women and children during this century." • Tobacco health warnings are a big part of the solution about which she speaks.
  5. 5. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of AUSTRALIA
  6. 6. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of BRAZIL
  7. 7. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of CANADA
  8. 8. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of EUROPEAN UNION
  9. 9. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of SINGAPORE
  10. 10. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of Thailand
  11. 11. Tobacco Pictorial Warnings of VENEZUELA
  12. 12. ? INDIA(?An Emerging Superpower)
  13. 13. • Former Union Health Minister’s ambitious plan to introduce pictorial warnings on the tobacco products was delayed with then External Affairs Minister and current Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee saying that the pictorial warning on cigarettes packets and other tobacco products cannot be “totally repulsive” . • Mukherjee, who headed the GoM looking into the issue of pictorial warning, also stressed on the need to rehabilitate those engaged in bidi manufacturing.
  14. 14. • With tobacco workers forming a 10-lakh strong vote bank in India, the group of ministers (GoM) headed by foreign minister Pranab Mukherjee was expected to put on hold the pictorial warnings which it did. • The deadline for warnings was moved for the fifth time in two years. • The GoM meeting was held on Wednesday at Mukherjee's residence!!!! Mukherjee, Anand Sharma, Oscar Fernandes, Kamal Nath and Jaipal Reddy -- having a strong vote base among tobacco workers, had a free hand in putting the warnings on hold once again. • Interestingly no decision was taken due to LACK OF QUORUM
  15. 15. • Speaking at The Indian Express Idea Exchange program recently, Mukherjee spoke at length about various considerations the GoM pored over, with a candid admission that he “used to be a volcanic smoker till 17 years ago”. • In a lighter vein, he said all members of the GoM who “prevailed up on the Health Minister” on the issue of the pictorial warnings were in fact non-smokers”.
  16. 16. “Thousands die every day while politicians sit on their hands”
  17. 17. INDIA Despite GOM’s lethargy,Supreme Court cleared display of tobacco pictorial warnings :Court records Government Undertaking that law will be implemented from May 31
  18. 18. NEW DELHI: Repeated dithering by Indian government in introducing pictorial signs and health warnings on cigarette packets invited a stinging query from the Indian Supreme Court : "Is the government doing this to control rapidly increasing population?" Appearing for NGO `Health for Millions', senior advocate Indira Jaising told a Supreme Court Bench that the government had succumbed to the pressure exerted by the tobacco lobby and repeatedly postponed implementation of its decision on pictorial warnings.
  19. 19. The advocate asked how the government, which has ministers who themselves own tobacco plantations, could take a decision that was contrary to their interests?
  20. 20. Even the pictorial sign, which was to be ‘ skull and bones’ -- internationally understood to depict danger — had been diluted to `scorpion' which means nothing for the common man.
  21. 21. The Final Decision • The pictorial warning shall be limited to 40 per cent of the principal display area on the front panel of the package only . • The specified health warning will be printed, pasted or affixed. • For smoking forms of tobacco packages, the specified warnings are depiction of lungs. • While for chewing and smokeless forms, the warning will be a scorpion.
  22. 22. So where does or shall India stand in Global Tobacco Pictorial Warnings ? . . ? . . .? Sadly , as always , the Tobacco Lobby and its Politicians have Won yet again!
  23. 23. Tobacco Production In India this year Has increased by a Whopping 50 % instead of Reducing in accordance to Signed International Treaties
  24. 24. INDIAN BUDGET 2009 • Presented on 7-7-2009 by the new Finance Minister Mr Pranab Mukherjee – NO NEW /INCREASED TAX on Tobacco Products is proposed
  25. 25. “Thousands shall continue to die every day while politicians sit on their hands”
  26. 26. Thank You for watching this presentation madhukar katiyar

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