Recommendation for Prohibition of sale of loose cigarettes accepted by Ministry of Health & Family

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(Online media sources)

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The Ministry of Health & Family Welfare today said that an expert panel constituted by it had, inter alia, recommended prohibition on sale of loose or single sticks of cigarettes. It had also recommended an increase in the minimum legal age for the sale of tobacco products, increasing the fine or penalty amounts of violation of certain provisions of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA), as well as making such offences cognizable. “The Ministry has accepted the recommendations of the committee and a draft note for Cabinet has been circulated for inter-Ministerial consultation,” Minister for Heatth & Family Welfare J P Nadda told the Rajya Sabha in a written reply to a question.

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