No smoking: Meet Disha, a girl who aims to make India a tobacco-free country

Disha Tiwari is a 14-year-old girl on a mission, unlike other girls her age, who bury themselves in books or are busy clicking selfies at their favourite spots. Disha has no time to kill. She is tirelessly working to raise awareness about the ill-effects of smoking and helps in encouraging and helping people quit smoking

No smoking: Meet Disha, a girl who aims to make India a tobacco-free countrySo far, in our series of strong independent women who are working for noble causes, we have featured women who have made a contribution to the medical world through their selfless services. We have also included women who are working for the betterment of society, who are associated with various social causes and making a […]

Effective ways to increase your bone strength

It is important to build strong bones before you get to a certain age, especially if you are a woman. While aging is associated with a normal loss of bone density, there are many preventable factors to consider

Effective ways to increase your bone strengthHere are a few tips you can follow to boost your bone health: Increase your intake of calcium and vitamin D Calcium plays a primary role in boosting bone strength, by building it and slowing down bone loss. But you also need to get enough vitamin D, the nutrient responsible for transporting the calcium. For […]

Smoking increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation

Current smokers are more likely than non-smokers to develop the most common heart rhythm disorder - atrial fibrillation, suggests an analysis of existing research. The more a person smokes, the greater the risk, but quitting smoking appears to lower it significantly, the authors report in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology

Smoking increases the risk of developing atrial fibrillation“The prevalence of atrial fibrillation has been projected to increase over the next decades and it is an important risk factor for a number of other cardiovascular diseases and premature mortality,” said lead author Dagfinn Aune. “Tobacco smoking has been proposed as a risk factor for atrial fibrillation, but previous studies have not been summarised […]

Second-hand smoke exposure interlinked with snoring in kids

Chinese researchers made the conclusion after reviewing 24 existing studies. Kids are 87% more likely to become snorers if exposed to second-hand smoke. The odds rose by around 2% for every cigarette smoked daily in the home

Second-hand smoke exposure interlinked with snoring in kidsChildren exposed to second-hand tobacco smoke may become snorers, scientists claim. An analysis of existing research suggests their risk of becoming snorers rises by up to 87 per cent, if regularly exposed to lingering cigarette smoke. The odds of youngsters going on to become snorers rose by around two per cent for every cigarette smoked […]

For better survival odds, prostate cancer patients must quit smoking

Prostate cancer patients who smoke are more likely to have tumours return, spread to other parts of the body, and become fatal than non-smokers, a new study suggests

For better survival odds, prostate cancer patients must quit smokingResearchers examined data from previous studies with a total of 22,549 men with prostate cancer that hadn’t spread to other parts of the body. The cancers were treated with either surgery or radiation. Overall, nearly one in five were current smokers. The rest were either former smokers or had never smoked. The researchers tracked half […]

Bollywood film-maker Anurag Kashyap quits smoking

Acclaimed director Anurag Kashyap, who was admittedly a ‘chain-smoker’ for 25 years, has finally kicked the butt and the filmmaker took to his Instagram page to post about his achievement

Bollywood film-maker Anurag Kashyap quits smokingSmoking is a tough habit to kick. Despite the urges, Anurag Kashyap, who once directed No Smoking, a movie about a chain smoker, has now decided to give up smoking. Kashyap, who regularly uses smoking as a ‘prop’ in his movies and had even filed a petition in the Bombay High Court in 2013 challenging […]

Facilitate smoking cessation through effective policies not bans, states survey

The central government has disclosed its intention to ban e-cigarettes instead of working towards regulating it. The question that arises here is, wouldn’t it be odd to ban e-cigarettes when there is no such ban on tobacco cigarettes? Smokers in India are the least informed across the globe on the harm and risks to their health due to smoking.

Facilitate smoking cessation through effective policies not bans, states surveyThe government has been taking several steps towards discouraging tobacco consumption and reducing the risk of cancer. The state of Rajasthan is also conducting a study to understand the impact of nicotine as harm reduction tool. However, these steps would be futile if the government doesn’t work towards smoking cessation by providing regulated nicotine alternatives, […]

Here’s how you can boost your brain power

Adding just a few of these activities to your weekly schedule will enhance your mind and give your brain a boost. If you only have time to fit one brain-enriching task into your week, we recommend getting out for a brisk walk. Physical activity has no end of benefits for your body and mind

Here’s how you can boost your brain powerHumans have brain plasticity, or neuroplasticity, which is the ability of the brain to change for better or worse at any age. This flexibility of the brain plays a significant role in the development or decline of our brains, and how our distinct personalities are shaped. Neural connections can be forged or severed, and grey […]

Ministry of Health launches national campaign against second-hand smoke

Being exposed to second-hand smoke affects an adult’s heart and blood vessels directly. Adult non-smokers, who live with smokers, are at about 25 per cent more risk of developing a heart disease. Almost half of children regularly breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke in public places.  Second-hand smoke causes more than 890,000 premature deaths per year

Ministry of Health launches national campaign against second-hand smoke‘Clinical’, a 30-second Public Service Announcement (PSA), revealed how exposure to second-hand smoke causes stroke and heart disease among non-smokers and encourages smokers to protect others by quitting smoking. It is the first national tobacco control mass media campaign to promote a ‘quit smoking’ helpline According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), India, 2017, […]

Smoking not only harms your lungs, it also affects your hearing

According to the study of more than 50,000 participants over eight years, smoking is associated with increased risk of hearing loss as we age. Smoking led to an increased risk of hearing loss that ranged from 20% to 60%. The increased risk of hearing loss decreased within 5 years after quitting smoking

Smoking not only harms your lungs, it also affects your hearingMost of us know smoking is not good for our health, increasing our risk of multiple cancers, heart disease and stroke. But now, a new large scale study has revealed it may also have a negative impact on our hearing. Even after adjusting for factors including occupational noise exposure, the researchers found smokers are 1.2 […]