The World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control states that countries "shall endeavour" to  prohibit such sales as it makes them more affordable for minors.
Shares in ITC Ltd, largest cigarette maker, fell as much as 5 percent after the announcement, while the main market index was down 1.1 percent. A spokesman for ITC did not immediately respond to request for comment.
The Health Ministry has circulated a draft note for inter- ministerial consultation on the panel recommendation, said the government statement.

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