After increasing the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products, the Health Ministry is in talks with the Human Resource Development Ministry to introduce messages related to ill effects of consumption of tobacco in schools.
Health Ministry officials have reportedly said that the warnings can either be on textbook covers or in form of posters which could be distributed to schools so that they can put it up.
"The idea is not a chapter in a textbook. The idea is to introduce these things through warnings etc to make students aware. There are two-three options. What can happen is either the back cover or inside cover can have these messages. We can separately give posters to all the schools so that they can put it up in their campuses. Things like that are under consideration and talks are presently going on," a senior Health Ministry official said.
Union Health Minister JP Nadda recently said that the idea behind this is to catch them young so that the children are aware of the ill-effects of consumption of tobacco.
Though sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products within a 100 yard radius of educational institutions is illegal, they are freely sold near the gates of many schools and colleges in several cities across the nation.
-- With PTI inputs