Centre Gove is planning to make cigarette and bidi manufacturers to declare tar and nicotine content on their packets. The government setting in motion the process of establishing tobacco testing laboratories. Five laboratories are being set up for testing tobacco products and are expected to be launched soon.
Section 7(5) of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act 2003 (COTPA) mandates the labelling of nicotine and tar content on packets of cigarettes and other tobacco products.
The legislation was enacted in 2003, the section was not notified in absence of adequate testing facilities for tobacco products. The cigarettes and bidi manufacturers are not bound to declare the lev
Tobacco is an important commercial crop in India. The tradition of chewing tobacco has been from age old centuries. Of the total production, around 48% is used in making chewing products, 38 % were used in beedi production and 14% in production of cigarettes. These bidis snuff and chewing tobacco (such as gutka, khaini and zarda) form the bulk (86%) of India's total tobacco production. While in the world, cigarette production consumes around 90% of tobacco.
India is ranked 3rd in the world with an annual production of about 725 Million Kgs. The production has different types grown like, flue-cured tobacco, country tobacco, burley, bidi and rustica. India is an exporter of tobacco, and it ranks sixth in the world next to Brazil, China, USA, Malawi and Italy. It exports various variety of