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Health ministry to amend draft of tobacco-control law after analysing one lakh suggestions

The health ministry will come out with a fresh draft proposing amendments to a legislation on tobacco control after it analysed over one lakh suggestions.

“We had a committee. A draft was published. We got a few lakh comments on that. We took a huge amount of time in analysing those comments.

“Meanwhile, there were developments at the national and global levels which necessitate other changes. So we are re-working the whole thing. We will re-publish the draft based on the comments,” health secretary CK Mishra told a press conference, convened to highlight the ministry’s three-year achievements.

Union Health Minister JP Nadda was also present at the press meet.

Mishra was asked about the status of the proposed amendment to the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA), especially on the contentious issue of increasing the legal age of consumption of tobacco

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