ITC shut down its entire cigarette factories


New Delhi: India’s largest cigarette maker, ITC has stopped its cigarette production in all the factories. The company has shut its plant from 4th may till the time it is able to comply with the interim requirement of 85 percent pictorial warning.

Last week Supreme Court ordered all the tobacco companies to implement compulsory 85 percent pictorial warning on its products. According to the new order the size of image should increase from 40 percent to 80 percent on the tobacco products.

ITC’s cigarette range includes a variety of brands such as India Kings, Classic, Gold Flake, Silk Cut, Navy Cut, Bristol, Flak and Capstan.

WHO has estimated that nearly 1 million Indians die each year of tobacco-related causes, thought this does not only include cigarettes but also bidis and chewing tobacco.