Health Ministry circulates cabinet note to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco.


The Health Ministry has circulated a draft cabinet note for approval to the signing of a protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products. Minister of State for Health Anupriya Patel said that based on the suggestion of department of revenue, an inter-ministerial group to recommend measures to promote ratification of the protocol by India was set up which is yet to submit its report.


 

“The Health Ministry had circulated a draft cabinet note for approval of signing of the protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products developed under Article 15 of World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention of Tobacco Control.


“However, based on the suggestion of the department of revenue, an IMG consisting of officers from department of revenue, finance and health was set up to look into the domestic legislations, do a gap analysis and recommend measures to promote ratification of the protocol by India. The IMG has not yet submitted its report,” she said.


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