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Former health minister slams delay in introducing pictorial warnings on tobacco products

Apr 03, 2015 01:00 PM IST Politics Politics
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New Delhi: Former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss has spoken out on the row over pictorial warnings on tobacco products.

Ramadoss said when he was health minister he had introduced 40 per cent pictorial warnings despite stiff opposition from power leaders including four chief ministers.

Ramadoss said there is a perception that the government has bowed to the tobacco lobby. "I too faced huge pressure from tobacco lobby when I was the minister. I wanted to have 50% pictorial warnings but met stiff resistance,"

He said Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shyama Charan Gupta should be sacked for his comment that tobacco is less harmful than sugar.

"Stupid statement by MP that tobacco doesn't cause cancer. Reputation of Parliament ruined by such comments," he said.