The Punjab government has issued fresh guidelines in keeping with the notification issued by the Centre for pictorial warning on tobacco packs. Officials of the department of factories at district levels have been asked to ensure that no tobacco products are manufactured without 85% of the principal display area of the packs containing the health warning.
Similar instructions are also being sent to all deputy commissioners, police commissioners and SSPs to ensure strict compliance of the orders.
Stating this here on Monday, principal secretary health Vini Mahajan said that as per the notification, “the specified health warning will cover at least 85% of the principal display area of the package of which 60% will cover pictorial health warning and 25% textual health warning and will be positioned on the top edge of the package and in the same direction as the information on the principal display area.”
In order to sensitise tobacco users about its ill effects, the ministry of health and family welfare has issued a notification dated September 24, 2015, regarding the increase in size of pictorial health warnings on all tobacco products.
She said the notification of larger pictorial health warnings carried tremendous importance and would have positive behavioural change in tobacco users.