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India Moves Toward Ban on Loose Cigarettes

India moved a step closer to banning the sale of unpackaged cigarettes, with the intention of discouraging smoking in a country where close to 1 million people each year die of tobacco-related diseases. More than 70 percent of the cigarettes sold in India are loose. The federal health ministry has accepted the recommendation of an internal panel and will seek cabinet approval before imposing the ban, Health Minister J.P. Nadda told parliament Tuesday in a written statement. Shares...

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