India Now 3rd in Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products (Download PDF)


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Implementing 85 percent pictorial warnings on all tobacco product packs, India has now moved several spots up into third place on a global ranking index of 205 countries from its earlier ranking of 136 in 2014 and 123 in 2012.

Image of Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products

Image of Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products

Image of Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Products

Report in Brief

  • Ranks 205 countries and territories on the size of their health warnings on cigarette packages
  • Lists countries and territories that require graphic picture warnings.
  • Shows a significant global momentum towards plain packaging with four countries requiring plain packs and 14 working on it.
  • Nepal has the largest warning requirements in the world at 90 percent of the package front and back.
  • India and Thailand tied for third, requiring 85 percent pictorial warnings.

India’s Health Warnings Policy

  • Drafted in India in year 2006.
  • Two warnings rotated on cigarette packages and a separate warning on all smokeless tobacco products.
  • Ministry of Health and Family Welfare proposed requires 40% of the front to be warning of all cigarette packages in 2012.
  • Government proposed larger warnings covering 85% of the front and back of the pack.

- Published/Last Modified on: November 11, 2016

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