#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your mood

When someone is diagnosed with a mental health disorder such as depression or anxiety, first line treatments usually include psychological therapies and medication. What’s not always discussed are the changeable lifestyle factors that influence our mental health

#WorldMentalHealthDay: Five lifestyle changes to enhance your moodEven those who don’t have a mental health condition may still be looking for ways to further improve their mood, reduce stress, and manage their day-to-day mental health. It can be empowering to make positive life changes. While time restrictions and financial limitations may affect some people’s ability to make such changes, we all have […]

Pledge for life: Schoolchildren join campaign, say ‘no’ to tobacco

Pledge for Life’ campaign is all about saving children from initiating tobacco use. Children are informed about the ill-effects of tobacco and administered an oath that they will not touch tobacco and also discourage their family and friends from doing so

Pledge for life: Schoolchildren join campaign, say ‘no’ to tobaccoMaharashtra has 2.4 crore tobacco users and an estimated 72,000 die every year due to tobacco use. Sambandh Health Foundation’s Deepak Chhibba said according to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2016-17, in Maharashtra state 26.6% of the population people (aged 15+) consume tobacco in some form. Of these 17 lac (1.9%) smoke cigarettes and another […]

Ban on tobacco ads help users to reduce its consumption

Hard-hitting anti-tobacco advertisements and graphical warnings on the packs – especially those that include pictures – reduce the number of children who start smoking and increase the number of smokers who quit

Ban on tobacco ads help users to reduce its consumptionGraphic warnings can persuade smokers to protect the health of non-smokers by smoking less at home and by avoiding smoking near children. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 78 countries, which represent 47% of the world’s population, meet the practice of graphical warnings. It contains warnings in the local language and covers at least […]

#IndependenceDay2018: Maha school students to take a pledge to make India tobacco-free

As per a global study, more than 6.25 lakh children in India smoke cigarette every day. Consumption of tobacco claims 17,887 lives in the country every week, claimed a Global Tobacco Atlas study. In India, in the year 2016, 82.12 billion cigarettes were produced

#IndependenceDay2018: Maha school students to take a pledge to make India tobacco-freeOn the 72nd Independence Day, August 15, students across all the schools in Maharashtra will take a pledge to make a tobacco-free India. The Directorate of Health Services Maharashtra has issued a circular for all the schools. Though the Global Tobacco Survey (GATS) states, the tobacco prevalence has gone down. The number of children smoking […]

Using e-cigarettes can harm immune cells in lungs, warns study

Vaping speeds up the death of lung cells by 50 fold and could trigger lung diseases in later life, a new study suggests. Scientists at the University of Birmingham found that the vapour inhaled from e-cigarettes damages immune cells, preventing them from clearing out harmful bacteria

Using e-cigarettes can harm immune cells in lungs, warns studyVaping can damage vital immune system cells and may be more harmful than previously thought, a study suggests. Researchers found e-cigarette vapour disabled important immune cells in the lung and boosted inflammation. The researchers ‘caution against the widely held opinion that e-cigarettes are safe.’ However, Public Health England advises they are much less harmful than […]

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in children

Children who were exposed to smoke in the womb and as babies are more than twice as likely to be deaf, new research suggests. Three-year-olds exposed within the first four months of life are 30% more at risk

Exposure to nicotine before and after birth, can cause deafness in childrenChildren are 26% more at risk if their mothers smoked during their pregnancies Nicotine interferes with messengers that tell the brain what it is hearing Three-year-olds whose mothers smoked during their pregnancies and who were exposed to cigarettes during the first four months of their lives, are 2.4 times more likely to suffer hearing impairment, […]

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 […]

Tobacco consumption: Bihar mulls ban on khaini

Two years after imposing a blanket ban on consumption of liquor, the Bihar government now plans to ban the sale and consumption of khaini (a processed tobacco product that is widely consumed in large parts of India)

Tobacco consumption: Bihar mulls ban on khainiIt has also been found that khaini is one of the major causes of mouth cancer in Bihar. The World Health Organisation estimates that tobacco use is one of the main risk factors for chronic diseases like cancer, lung and cardiovascular diseases. The state government of Bihar has written a letter to the centre requesting […]

Maha: 2,281 patients diagnosed with the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer in two years

Due to excessive intake of tobacco and tobacco-related products, the incidents of oral cancer in people is increasing. In recent tests conducted by Government Dental College, on the patients suffering from the tooth-related ailment, as many as 2,281 people were diagnosed with the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer, while 281 were diagnosed with advanced stage of oral cancer

Maha: 2,281 patients diagnosed with the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer in two yearsWith the consumption of gutkha, bidi, and tobacco, there is a high risk of oral cancer. On this a nationwide awareness campaign is being run. Though graphical warnings are being displayed on the cigarette packets, the number of people suffering from oral cancer is still rising. Due to awareness many people have started seeing doctors. […]

World No Tobacco Day: Here’s what happens when you inhale second-hand smoke

Smoking in general is bad; this does not limit the risks for non-smokers. It is a well-known fact that when you inhale someone else’s smoke, you may be at the risk of lung cancer

World No Tobacco Day: Here’s what happens when you inhale second-hand smokeNonetheless, what is not identified and what not many people realise, is that second-hand smoke from cigarettes can also cause serious harm to your heart. Although smoking is banned at public spaces in the country, people are still exposed and inconvenienced, especially children living with smoker parents. Tobacco contains over 4,000 harmful chemical compounds; exposure […]
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