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Glad to see another worthier ordinance in the making.Hope it is
thoroughly
implemented.
I am sure our members hope exactly for same or similar rules from those
at
the helm of affairs.
Thought I could share this with you that positive thinking is on the
'rise'.

Parameswar


> http://www.expressindia.com/news/daily/20010206/00604101.htm
>
> Tuesday, February 6, 2001
> Govt to ban tobacco sponsorship, public smoking
> NEW DELHI: The government said on Tuesday it would ban smoking in
public
> places and the sponsorship of sporting events by tobacco firms in a
bid to
> lower cigarette-related deaths. The government also announced plans
for
> legislation to end sponsorship of cultural events by cigarette and
tobacco
> product companies. The measures were aimed at cutting the large number
of
> premature deaths in India from smoking and arm the government to
launch an
> anti-tobacco drive, cabinet spokesman Pramod Mahajan told reporters
> following a cabinet meeting. "Of the estimated three million
> tobacco-related deaths (per year) in the world, nearly one-third take
> place in India," he said. The announcement knocked down the share
prices
> of Indian tobacco companies in late afternoon trade on the Bombay
stock
> exchange. India's largest tobacco firm, ITC Ltd fell 1.55 percent to
881
> rupees in a flat market while Godfrey Philips slid 5.80 percent to 540

> rupees. "The news is negative," said Komal Iyer, assistant
vice-president,
> institutional sales at Anand Rathi Securities. The harmful effects of
> tobacco use have become an increasing topic of concern among
policymakers
> and the government of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee had said it
> planned sweeping tobacco control legislation. Mahajan said treatment
of
> tobacco-related disease in India cost 135.17 billion rupees, far more
than
> the nationwide sale value of all tobacco products. The Tobacco
Institute
> of India, a tobacco lobby group, said it had no immediate comment on
the
> planned legislation. The measures would be part of a comprehensive
tobacco
> control bill to be introduced in the next session of parliament that
> starts on February 19, the government said. The bill also would ban
sale
> of tobacco products to youngsters below the age of 18 and oblige
companies
> to put nicotine and tar content warnings in English and Hindi on
packages.
> People smoking in public places would face fines of up to 100 rupees
while
> other offences would carry a maximum prison term of three years and
fines
> of up to 100,000 rupees. Subsequent convictions could mean a fine
200,000.
> Anti-smoking campaigners have accused tobacco firms of aggressively
> promoting their products in developing countries such as India and
China
> to offset a shrinking market share in the developed world. So far,
some 55
> countries have passed legislation to discourage tobacco consumption
while
> 21 have imposed a ban in one form or another on advertisement of
tobacco
> prodcuts, the government said. Reuters



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