IMA urges the Health Minister to ensure timely implementation of 85% pictorial health warnings on both sides of tobacco packages from April 1, 2016
New Delhi, March 28, 2016 – The Indian Medical Association, India's largest representative voluntary association of doctors of Modern Scientific Medicine with over 260,000 members has urged the Hon’ble Minister for Health & Family Welfare Shri JP Nadda to implement the 85% Pictorial Health Warnings on both sides of tobacco packages from April 1, 2016. In this context, the IMA has also written to the Prime Minister, President, Vice President, Health Minister and the Finance Minister.
IMA is leading the ‘Doctors for Tobacco Control in India’ (DFTCI) forum incorporating organizations like the Cardiological Society of India, Association of Physicians of India, Indian Academy of Pediatrics, Indian Dental Association, Public Health Foundation of India, and HRIDAY.
With 275 million adult users, India is the second largest consumer of tobacco products, globally. Doctors and medical professionals, witness the debilitating and terminal effects of tobacco use on a daily basis. Tobacco causes a gamut of serious diseases including cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic pulmonary diseases and stroke.