RS okays Bill banning cigarette ads

New Delhi April 9. The Rajya Sabha today passed a Bill banning advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products, besides prohibiting sponsorship of sports and cultural events by manufacturers of these products.

All advertisements on cigarettes and other tobacco products, direct or surrogate, in any form will be banned, the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Sushma Swaraj, said replying to the debate on the Bill. Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Bill, 2001, also seeks to ban sale of tobacco products to minors, besides proposing to compound minor offences and making punishment for offences by companies more stringent.

It bans sale of cigarette or any other tobacco products within a 100-metre radius of schools and colleges, besides making it mandatory on producers to indicate a specific warning, alongside with nicotine and tar content per cigarette on the packet.