27 per cent of BMC school children addicted to smoking, reveals survey

The ugly leitmotif of adolescent smoking addiction has come into light. According to a survey, a large number of children from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are into smoking. The survey was conducted by students from class five to ninth

27 per cent of BMC school children addicted to smoking, reveals surveyThe doctors of Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mazgaon, Mumbai, conducted survey in 30 schools BMC schools. The doctor was surprised, as the survey that, so far, 27 per cent of children were into smoking. Tobacco products have been implicated as the main causes of oral cancer. Still, students get into smoking right from their schooling […]

Breast, ovary and lung cancers on the rise, say experts

The presentation mentioned at that the majority of cancer cases are getting diagnosed at advanced stage in India, which then is affecting the long term survival of the patient in a negative manner. It also stated that 40 per cent of cancer in India is tobacco related, 10 per cent is obesity related and another 10 per cent is related to different infections

Breast, ovary and lung cancers on the rise, say expertsA special presentation at a breast cancer conference in Pune revealed that breast, ovary, and lung cancer numbers in India are on the rise and cervix, stomach and penile cancer numbers are reducing. The statistical analysis also stated that though the percentage of cancer in India is not rising, the numbers are increasing rapidly with […]

‘Wider spectrum of health effects must be covered in tobacco consumption’: Study

A recent study published in IJERPH analysed patterns of tobacco consumption and its health effects only to find that viewing health warnings on tobacco consumption in their packaging increases belief that smoking caused some of the health effects depicted in those warnings

‘Wider spectrum of health effects must be covered in tobacco consumption’: StudyPictorial health warning labels can increase beliefs and knowledge about the negative health consequences of smoking, says a study that was published in the recent edition of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. The study included 500 smokers and non-smokers each from four countries including India and Bangladesh. According to the report, the […]

‘Stop tobacco lobby’s influence on anti-tobacco policies,’ says WHO

The ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017- monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies’ states that a lot of countries across the globe are have been trying hard to win the fight against tobacco, yet the tobacco lobby is subverting these efforts. Firewalls between government and the tobacco industry must be in place to block industry attempts to influence the tobacco control decision-making process

‘Stop tobacco lobby’s influence on anti-tobacco policies,’ says WHOThe World Health Organization (WHO) recently released a report regarding the consumption of tobacco across the globe. The report studied the positive outcomes of engaging various methods to curb tobacco use and this in turn curbs tuberculosis (TB). The ‘WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic, 2017- monitoring tobacco use and prevention policies’ states that a lot […]

Measures to control tobacco have been successful, but more needs to be done, says WHO 

 The report has mentioned that low and middle-income countries such as India continued to make significant progress in order to control tobacco. Even Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS - 2) India 2016-17 which had been released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare had found a six per cent decline in tobacco use prevalence than the previous year. It also stated that the decline in prevalence was equivalent to a 17% relative decrease, and the number of tobacco users has reduced by about 8.1 million

Measures to control tobacco have been successful, but more needs to be done, says WHO The latest World Health Organization (WHO) report on the global tobacco epidemic has seen a positive change in bringing down tobacco consumption among people. The report has found that more countries have implemented tobacco control policies, ranging from graphic pack warnings and advertising bans to creating no smoking areas. It states that nearly two-thirds of […]

Regulate smokeless tobacco products, emphasises study

The objective of this study was to understand the proportion of toxic and cancer causing (carcinogenic) constituents in smokeless tobacco products and then analyse how they vary in different products. This information is necessary to provide insights for the development of effective tobacco control policies

Regulate smokeless tobacco products, emphasises studyThe consumption of smokeless tobacco products such as gutkha, mawa and pan masala has been identified as a cause of oral, pancreatic, and esophageal cancer in various studies. In India, the association of smokeless tobacco use with oral cancer is particularly striking. Now a study has highlighted the total absence of regulatory standards for maximum […]

Maha govt advisory to schools: Avoid scholarships, participation in tobacco company sponsored events

The cigarette and other tobacco products act which was enforced in 2003 already have direction for schools against Tobacco. According to this act, schools are advised to display posters informing about the harmful effects of tobacco at prominent places in the schools. Also, no tobacco selling should be in 100 yards of the educational institution

Maha govt advisory to schools: Avoid scholarships, participation in tobacco company sponsored eventsMarking tobacco consumption as a serious health issue in society, state government of Maharashtra has issued an advisory to schools to stop participation of children in the activities sponsored by any firm or subsidiary of a firm which promotes the use of tobacco in any form. The advisory issued by Additional Chief Secretary of Public […]

Almost half of Kumbh Mela participants face risk of oral cancer, says study

The study, conducted by Indian Dental Association (IDA), Government of Maharashtra and the Harvard School of Public Health, highlights the danger of oral cancer caused by tobacco in India. As many as 5,302 participants were examined and 50.3 per cent of the participants were using tobacco products. About 48.4 per cent of participants were found to have pre-malignant lesions in clinical oral examination. Majority of participants were in the age group of 20-60 years

Almost half of Kumbh Mela participants face risk of oral cancer, says studyA recent study, collectively conducted by Indian Dental Association (IDA), Government of Maharashtra and the Harvard School of Public Health, has highlighted the danger of oral cancer caused by tobacco in India. The study has revealed that 48.5 per cent participants of 2015 Nashik Kumbh Mela faced a major risk of Oral Cancer. For the […]

Health Ministry survey reports significant dip in tobacco consumption among youths

The global adult tobacco survey has brought a sigh of relief for the government as well. The prevalence of tobacco use among the youths aged 15-24 has gone down from 18.4 per cent in 2009-10 to 12.4 per cent in 2016-17, which is 33 per cent relative reduction

Health Ministry survey reports significant dip in tobacco consumption among youthsThe tobacco consumption in India has seen a significant dip of six percent in the year 2016-17, as compared to the year 2009-10. The adult tobacco survey, which was conducted by Union Health Ministry shows that tobacco prevalence has gone down from 34.6 per cent to 28.6 per cent. As per the Health Ministry, total […]

Mumbai doctors demands tobacco de-addiction centres in public hospitals

In India, 1.2 lakh people die every year directly due to tobacco consumption. The number is expected to shoot up to 1.5 lakh in five years. Thirty per cent of the estimated 16.5-lakh new cancer cases in 2020 will be directly related to tobacco and can be prevented

Mumbai doctors demands tobacco de-addiction centres in public hospitalsMumbai doctor’s demand tobacco de-addiction centres in state run hospitals in Maharashtra. In a letter to Dr Deepak Sawant, the State Health Minister, Dr Ramakant Deshpande, Oncologist and executive chairman of the Asian Cancer Institute requested the government to de-addiction centres in hospitals to help people quit tobacco. Director of Asian Cancer Institute, Dr Sanjay […]