New Delhi, August 21: The government is all set to replace the existing set of images on tobacco product packs with a fresh set of pictorial health warnings. This will be effective from September 1, and the validity for which will extend upto the next two years. Further, it is mandatory for all tobacco products manufactured, imported or packaged on or after the said date to carry the new set of images. Also Read - Centre Issues SOPs For Partial Reopening of Schools From Sept 21 For Classes 9-12 | Details Here

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare released two sets of specified health warning images, of which the first one will be valid for a period of 12 months starting September and the second one will come into effect after that. Also Read - Coronavirus: India’s Total Tally Crosses 4 Million, Five States Record Highest Number of Cases | Key Points

“Any person engaged directly or indirectly in production, supply, import or distribution of cigarettes or any tobacco products shall ensure that all tobacco product packages have the specified health warnings exactly as prescribed,” it said in a statement. Also Read - Are You Suffering From Diabetes? Here's How You Can Cut Your Risk of Developing Heart Attack

Those found violating the prescribed norms, the Ministry said, will face punishment as laid out in Section 20 of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003.

It must be noted that tobacco is responsible for 26 per cent of deaths in India. Tobacco also lead to cardiovascular diseases (CVDs).