Modi government mulling raising age limit for tobacco consumption from 18 to 25 years: sources
New Delhi: There is more bad news for cigarette smokers as there could soon be an age limit for smokers. Three months into being in power, the Narendra Modi government is working on curbing the consumption of tobacco products.
After raising taxes on cigarettes and calling for a countrywide ban on sale of tobacco products, sources have told CNN-IBN that the Centre is considering banning branding on cigarette packets, raising the age limit on tobacco consumption to 25 years from the present 18 years and substantively increasing penalties for smoking in public.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had constituted a committee of experts last month to suggest changes to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003. The report is expected by the end of this month.
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