The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a stroke

Men under 50 years old who smoke are 88 per cent more likely to have a stroke than men who never smoked, researchers said. And the more they smoke, the greater their stroke risk, revealed researchers from University of Maryland

The more cigarettes you smoke, the higher your risk of having a strokeWhile smoking has long been associated with the risk of stroke, the study by US researchers has found that men who smoke at least two packs a day are nearly five times at greater risk of stroke than men who have never smoked. The study, published in the research journal Stroke, also found that men […]

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tips

Lack of exercise, a poor diet and other unhealthy habits can take their toll over the years. Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant cardiologist at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai, gives 5 simple steps to look after your heart

Pump up: 5 healthy heart tipsIndia has rapidly become the capital of metabolic diseases over the globe.This term encompasses a combination of ‘high’ – body weight, blood pressure, blood sugars and blood cholesterol, a disease of excess. These metabolic diseases lead to heart diseases like heart attacks, heart failure and fluctuations in heart rate (arrhythmia), said Dr Nihar Mehta, consultant […]

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, […]

Union cabinet approves WHO protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products

The cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given approval to accede to the Protocol under World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on tobacco control to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco products. It will be applicable to both smoking and chewing or smokeless tobacco (SLT) forms as negotiated and adopted under Article 15 of the World Health Organization Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).  India is a party to WHO FCTC

Union cabinet approves WHO protocol to eliminate illicit trade in tobacco productsThe protocol lays down obligations of the parties. It spells out supply chain control measures that must be adopted by the parties viz. licensing of manufacture of tobacco products and machinery for manufacturing of tobacco products, due diligence to be kept by those engaged in production, tracking and tracing regime, record keeping, security; and measures […]

Include ‘early’ death on cigarette pack advisory, Delhi govt to Centre

The Delhi government has suggested that the health ministry add the word ‘early’ to its recently revised text warning - ‘Tobacco causes painful death’ - which, it said, does not clearly explain the fact that the life span of tobacco users gets shortened

Include ‘early’ death on cigarette pack advisory, Delhi govt to CentreThe Health Ministry has amended the ‘Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008’ During the rotation period, there shall be two images of specified health warning which shall appear consecutively on the package with an interregnum period of twelve months. ‘Tobacco causes cancer’ and the word ‘Tobacco causes painful death’ shall appear […]

NICPR and ICMR urge govt to ban manufacture, sale and import of smokeless tobacco

A government body along with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has compiled a report that recommends banning manufacture, selling and import of smokeless tobacco products as per a WHO framework

NICPR and ICMR urge govt to ban manufacture, sale and import of smokeless tobaccoThe first-ever compilation of the global progress made in implementing smokeless tobacco control policies was prepared by the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research (NICPR) in collaboration with the ICMR. The compilation is in line with the World Health Organization (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the cancer research institute said in a […]

Cancer: Govt makes ‘QuitLine’ number on tobacco packets mandatory

The Union Health and Family Welfare Ministry has issued a notification to print ‘QuitLine’ number on tobacco packets. The notification has been issued on April 03. Along with the Quit line - a helpline number to quit smoking, the government has asked the tobacco manufactures to put two set of pictorial warnings on the tobacco products as well

Cancer: Govt makes ‘QuitLine’ number on tobacco packets mandatoryThe Health Ministry has amended the ‘Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008’ During the rotation period, there shall be two images of specified health warning which shall appear consecutively on the package with an interregnum period of twelve months. ‘Tobacco causes cancer’ and the word ‘Tobacco causes painful death’ shall appear […]

NGOs urges President for nationwide anti-tobacco campaign

The trend of consuming tobacco is increasing among youth, which is a matter of serious concern. It is very important and necessary for the public health that younger generation are saved from being ruined by tobacco addiction. Everyday 5,500 children throughout the country start consuming tobacco and become addicted before the age of 18

NGOs urges President for nationwide anti-tobacco campaignA delegation led by Om Prakash, Member of Parliament from Siwan, Bihar appealed the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind to save children and youth in the country from tobacco addiction and submitted a memorandum to launch a national level campaign for tobacco free education institutions. Om Prakash along with delegation met Kovind at Rashtrapati […]

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulations

Many countries have developed advanced policies to reduce the demand for tobacco, which kills over 7 million people annually, but governments can do much more to implement regulations to control tobacco use, especially by exploiting tobacco product regulation

WHO issues new guidance on tobacco product regulationsWHO has launched new guidance on the role tobacco product regulation can play to reduce tobacco demand, save lives and raise revenues for health services to treat tobacco-related disease, in the context of comprehensive tobacco control. A new guide, ‘Tobacco product regulation: Building laboratory testing capacity,’ and a collection of country approaches to regulation of […]

Paan masala: Delhi govt slams notice to James Bond Pierce Brosnan

Hollywood star Pierce Brosnan popular as James Bond has landed himself in trouble for promoting an Indian ‘paan masala’ (mouth freshener) brand which has been linked to chewing tobacco and the actor has been show caused for his association with the brand

Paan masala: Delhi govt slams notice to James Bond Pierce BrosnanDelhi health officials issued a show cause notice to Pierce Brosnan to justify his starring in a James Bond-style ad dating back to 2016 for a paan masala brand. Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr S K Arora, additional director, health government of Delhi said, “The advertisement is the surrogate advertisement of paan masala which […]