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India mulls over plain packaging of cigarettes

Published on Sep 5, 2012 5:43 PM

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India is considering plain packaging of cigarettes in line with new Australian laws that ban all logos and brand descriptions, a top health official in New Delhi said on Wednesday.

Tobacco products in Australia will be sold in drab, uniform packaging with graphic health warnings from December in a ground-breaking move that has attracted worldwide interest.

"It is a good idea and can be pursued," Mr Amal Pushp, director of tobacco control at the health ministry, said. "We are watching the developments in Australia with interest."

His comments came after Australian and Indian health experts presented a report by the University of Melbourne that found 275 million Indians use tobacco, leading to nearly one million deaths a year.

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