IB report portrays tobacco control campaign a threat: Hurt Tata hospital director writes to PM Modi

An Intelligence Bureau (IB) report of Home Ministry portrayed India’s success in controlling tobacco as a threat to the nation. Saddened by the media report, Dr Kailash Sharma, Director (Academics) of Tata Memorial Hospital, Department of Atomic Energy, GoI, wrote a letter to Honorable Home Minister with a copy to Prime Minister, Health Minister and National Security Advisor. The letter also questions the logic of supporting livelihood of 3.5 crore people by killing 12 lakhs innocent Indians every year

IB report portrays tobacco control campaign a threat: Hurt Tata hospital director writes to PM ModiOn 2nd June, 2017 Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health released a report that showed 17% relative decrease in tobacco consumption in India, between the year 2010 to 2016. The maximum decrease (54%) in consumption happened in the age group of 17 years. In absolute numbers, the Government’s campaign saved 81 lakhs less Indians picking […]

Now, UK study shows e-cigarettes initiates cigarette smoking

A UK-based study published on the Nutrition and Health Journal's latest edition shows that use of e-cigarettes can be directly associated with initiation of smoking cigarettes. This study has been termed as the first ever study in UK, which has shown the relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. It busts the myth that e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes

Now, UK study shows e-cigarettes initiates cigarette smokingA study published in the Tobacco Control BMJ Journal, has shown that use of e-cigarettes can be directly associated with initiation of smoking cigarette. The study is based on a survey done amongst adolescents in the United Kingdom (UK). Various cross-sectional surveys found that there is increase in number of adolescents that had been reported […]

Maha govt to make the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offence

The opposition raised the issue of flavoured supari in the Vidhan Sabha today. Congress MLA, Sanjay Dutt demanded a ban on flavoured supari (areca nut). Later, Girish Bapat informed the house about the measures undertaken by the state government to control the sale of flavoured supari

Maha govt to make the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offenceAfter Maharashtra’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) flip-flop on banning flavored supari (areca nut), Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration has said the government is considering making the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offence. He gave this information while answering a question in the legislative council which is under proceeding for […]

My Medical Mantra Impact: Maharashtra FDA imposes ban on flavoured ‘supari’

In an article published on July 22, My Medical Mantra had highlighted how the FDA’s decision to allow the sale of flavoured supari is a major setback to the on-going anti-tobacco campaign. The new notification issued by the FDA bans sale of flavoured supari from July 20 for next six months

My Medical Mantra Impact: Maharashtra FDA imposes ban on flavoured ‘supari’  A week after Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Maharashtra lifted the ban on the sale of flavoured supari (areca nut); it has rolled back its order and decided to continue with the ban for the next six months. In an article published on July 22, My Medical Mantra had highlighted how the FDA’s decision […]

Maha FDA lifts ban on sale of flavoured ‘supari’; doctors, activists irked

After becoming the first state in India to ban flavoured supari (areca nut), Maharashtra Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) has rolled back the ban on July 17. In 2004, the World Health Organization had classified areca nut or betel nut as carcinogenic to humans even without the addition of tobacco to it.

Maha FDA lifts ban on sale of flavoured ‘supari’; doctors, activists irkedIn what is considered to be a major setback to the on-going anti-tobacco campaign in the country, the Maharashtra’s Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) have issued a new notification allowing the sale of flavoured supari or areca nut which was banned in the state since 2012. The notification dated July 17 has created a shocker […]

‘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 […]

E-cigarettes use leads to regular smoking in teens

The sample baseline of the study was 17,389 adolescents and young adults from the United States ranging between 14 and 30 years of age. The result showed that, as many as 30.4 per cent of those who were smoking e-cigarette were more likely to initiate cigarette smoking

E-cigarettes use leads to regular smoking in teensNowadays Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems (ENDS) also known as E-cigarettes has become an alternative to cigarettes. A recent study published by The Journal of the American Medical Association contradicts this   idea. The study showed that e-cigarette smokers will subsequently initiate cigarette smoking. The study has drawn this conclusion after statistically combining the data from previously […]

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 […]

‘Sunday Friends’: Mumbai’s anonymous angels for drug addicts 

Sion Hospital has a great help in the form of ‘Sunday Friends'. A group that doesn’t believe in publicity or self-boasting. They have helped many people get de-addicted and lead a healthy life

‘Sunday Friends’: Mumbai’s anonymous angels for drug addicts Thirty-year-old Shyam (name changed), walks into a hospital with his inconsolable mother. He cannot understand what he is being asked. Although he is literate with a degree, nothing of what is asked can be processed by him. He has come to the hospital complaining about three addictions – tobacco, cannabis and alcohol, yet he has […]