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85% of space on tobacco packs to be covered with warning from April

From April next year, 85% of space on cigarette packs and other tobacco products in India will have to be mandatorily covered with graphic and text warnings about adverse health effects, becoming the country with the highest element of warning on packages.

A notification in this regard was issued by the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday. Of the 85% space, 60% will be devoted to pictoral warnings while 25% will be covered by textual warnings.

At present, the space covered by the warning is 40%. "We have issued a notification today which will make it mandatory for tobacco companies now to devote 85% space on the cigarette packs or any other tobacco products for pictoral and textual warnings against the perils of tobacco," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan announced at an event here organized to celebrate the Global Handwashing Day.

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