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 […]

‘NGO’s write to PM Modi, warns about environmental dangers of tobacco

Cigarette and bidi butts, being non-biodegradable, pollute air, water and land through their presence and contribute to the danger of fires breaking out. Tobacco cultivation ranks high on the hazards of deforestation, soil quality depletion and degradation

‘NGO’s write to PM Modi, warns about environmental dangers of tobaccoKeeping World Environment Day (June 05) as the backdrop, the newly formed ‘Coalition Against Tobacco’ wrote to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting the environmental dangers and degradations at multiple levels due to the activities of production and processing of tobacco. The ‘Coalition Against Tobacco’ is a representative body formed by the collaboration of […]

GST council puts bidi in highest tax slab, anti-tobacco crusaders say welcome move

It is estimated that approximately 600,000 patients with cancer are treated annually in the NCG centres, which amounts to 60% of all patients with cancer in India. Bidi alone kills 6 lakh Indians every year

GST council puts bidi in highest tax slab, anti-tobacco crusaders say welcome moveTobacco is a health hazard in our society, in a positive and progressive step forward the Union government has decided to charge bidi, at 28% under the proposed Good and Services Tax (GST), increasing the tax slab on bidi, which currently attracts 20% tax. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made this announcement after the GST council […]

‘Cancer warriors’ to battle against tobacco on No Tobacco Day

A ‘Cancer Warrior’ is private practitioners who offer free service in government hospitals in Maharashtra; they have been roped in for the programme. They are expected to spread awareness on anti-tobacco through lectures to adolescents who are a vulnerable group when it comes to the people affected by the health hazards of tobacco consumption

‘Cancer warriors’ to battle against tobacco on No Tobacco DayThis year on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, i.e. May 31, a ‘cancer warrior’ would be meeting police personnel, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) employees and staff across the schools in Pune, to spread awareness about the ill effects of tobacco consumption. A ‘Cancer Warrior’ is private practitioners who offer free service […]

Tobacco consumption in India sees a significant dip in last 10 years

National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report brings positive news as tobacco is responsible for 50% of cancer cases in India. Report says tobacco consumption has come down drastically even in Maharashtra

Tobacco consumption in India sees a significant dip in last 10 yearsTobacco consumption comes down drastically in India and Maharashtra in last 10 years Ministry of Health and Family Welfare department’s latest figures see a significant dip in 2015-16, compared to 2005-06 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report brings positive news as tobacco is majorly responsible for 50% of cancer cases in India Health activists demand […]

Demand grows for levying heavy tax on tobacco products under GST

Approximately 48% men and 20% women, who constitute 35% of adult population, consume tobacco. Of these, at least 10 lakh are dying each year suffering from tobacco-related diseases

Demand grows for levying heavy tax on tobacco products under GSTAhead of the crucial Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council meeting on February 18, public health groups have urged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to tax all tobacco products, including bidis at 28% under the GST Regime. They have also strongly recommended that tobacco products, including bidis, should be taxed at uniformly high rates under […]

Anti-tobacco messages in movie theatres are effective, finds study

According to the study, there is an urgent need for better implementation and enforcement of Film Rule across all media mediums. When properly implemented, it will be effective in countering image of tobacco

Anti-tobacco messages in movie theatres are effective, finds studyTo evaluate the implementation of Film Rule, under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), a study was done by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Titled ‘Evaluation of Tobacco Free Film and Television Policy in India’, it was conducted by Vital Strategies with support from WHO Country Office for India, […]

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag Kashyap

A disheartened Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi pens an open letter to film director Anurag Kashyap on his PIL protesting the health warning regarding smoking

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag KashyapDear Anurag Kashyap, You have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the current censor board notification that mandates certain warning in movies with smoking scenes. As a long-time admirer of your talent, I am truly dismayed. While it’s estimated that tobacco will kill one million Indians this year alone and 3000 deaths […]

Mumbai police is giving up tobacco consumption, says study

Cancer Patients Aid Association’s (CPAA) anti-tobacco drive for Mumbai police helps bring down tobacco consumption from 75% to 45%

Mumbai police is giving up tobacco consumption, says studyThe Mumbai police force has seen an encouraging drop in consumption of tobacco from 75 per cent to 45 per cent in the last few years, stated a recent study done by Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), an NGO. Mumbai’s cops are always on the move. Their commitment to protect Mumbaikars remains undebatable. But, most […]