`Put 85 per cent warn­ings on cig­a­rettes'

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Car­di­ol­o­gists in In­dia have called for 85 per cent of the prin­ci­pal dis­play area of tobacco pack­ages to be cov­ered in pic­to­rial health warn­ings. At present, pic­to­rial warn­ings cover 40 per cent of the dis­play area. The car­di­ol­o­gists say it is a crit­i­cal mea­sure to meet the tar­gets set un­der Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment Goals (SDGs), adopted on Septem­ber 26 this year. Car­di­ol­o­gists feel that pic­to­rial warn­ings could serve dual pur­poses. They could pre­vent new con­sumers and help smok­ers quit smok­ing

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