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JKVHA welcomes Supreme Court decision

Srinagar, January 11, (Scoop News)-Executive Director, J&K Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA), A.M.Mir (IAS Retd) has welcomed the Supreme Court decision on retaining 85 percent pictorial health warnings on tobacco products.
The Supreme Court stayed a recent order by the Karnataka High Court, which struck down a regulation that tobacco product packages must have a pictorial warning covering 85 per cent of the space. As a result of the Apex Court’s decision, the tobacco companies will have to go back to carrying a pictorial warning, covering 85 per cent on both sides of tobacco products.
“We welcome the Apex court’s decision to retain the 85 per cent pictorial health warnings on tobacco products, as these are the most cost-effective tools for educating the tobacco consumers, including the illiterate, about its health risks. According, to Global Adult Tobacco Survey Report (GATS) 62 per cent of cigarette smokers and 54 per cent of bidi-smokers were ready to quit, because of the 85 percent pictorial warnings on the packets,” said Mir.


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