Regarding new pictorial health warning - implementation of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008
December, 01st 2011
F.No. 528/133/2011-STO (TU) Government of India
Ministry of Finance (Department of Revenue) Central Board of Excise & Customs Tariff Unit
229A, North Block, New Delhi,
All Chief Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Prev.), All Chief Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise, All Commissioners of Customs / Customs (Prev.), All Commissioners of Customs & Central Excise, All Directors General under CBEC.
Sir / Madam,
Subject:New Pictorial Health Warning - Implementation of the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging andLabelling) Rules, 2008 regarding
Attention is invited to the CBEC instructions F.No. 450 / 160 / 2009 Cus.IVdated 29.12.2009 and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Notifications No. 417 (E) dated 27.05.2011 on the above mentioned subject.
2.The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008 Rules prescribe the manner in which thespecified health warningshall be displayed on the tobacco product packs coveringall types of tobacco products produced, supplied, imported and distributed in India.The Rules came into effect from 31stMay, 2009.
3.Aset ofnew pictorial health warninghas been issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare vide Notification G.S.R. No. 417 (E) dated 27thMay, 2011 (copy enclosed) which shall come into force from 1stDecember, 2011. Accordingly, all the tobacco products manufactured / packaged /importedfor sale in India have to bear thenew specified health warningsas prescribed in the said Notification. A copy of the Rules is available on the Ministrys website:www.mohfw.nic.inunder National Tobacco Control Programme.
4.The Board hereby instructs the Customs field formations dealing with clearance of these products to ensure strict compliance and implementation of the specified health warning on the cigarette and other tobacco products as per the Notification G.S.R. No. 417 (E) dated 27thMay, 2011.