Even one cigarette a day increases your risk of heart disease and stroke

Tobacco consumed in any form, smoked, swallowed, or chewed, poses multiple hazards to health. In addition to increasing the risk of cancer, it is closely linked to coronary heart disease, peripheral vascular disease, and stroke

Even one cigarette a day increases your risk of heart disease and strokeCigarette smoke is commonly associated with lung cancer and lung ailments. But smoking and chewing tobacco is also the second most common cause of cardiac illness.  As per statistics, tobacco use and second-hand smoke exposure contribute to approximately 12% of all heart disease deaths. Tobacco use is the second leading cause of cardiovascular disease, after […]

No smoking: Meet Disha, a girl who aims to make India a tobacco-free country

Disha Tiwari is a 14-year-old girl on a mission, unlike other girls her age, who bury themselves in books or are busy clicking selfies at their favourite spots. Disha has no time to kill. She is tirelessly working to raise awareness about the ill-effects of smoking and helps in encouraging and helping people quit smoking

No smoking: Meet Disha, a girl who aims to make India a tobacco-free countrySo far, in our series of strong independent women who are working for noble causes, we have featured women who have made a contribution to the medical world through their selfless services. We have also included women who are working for the betterment of society, who are associated with various social causes and making a […]

Air pollution is the new tobacco, cautions WHO chief

More than 90 per cent of the world's population suffers from toxic air pollution. Toxic air is‘a silent public health emergency,’ World Health Organization warns

Air pollution is the new tobacco, cautions WHO chief“A simple act of breathing is killing 7 million people a year and harming billions more, but a ‘smog of complacency pervades the planet,” says Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the WHO’s director general. Air pollution is a health risk at every stage of life. Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy can damage a developing baby’s vital […]

Now head police constables can impose fines under the COPTA Act

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has sent an Advisory to all Principal Secretaries of State health departments to consider notifying head constables, municipal officers etc. as additional enforcement officers to impose and collect fines under Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act. (COTPA)

Now head police constables can impose fines under the COPTA ActThe letter was issued on Thursday, October 25 in which Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary, Vikas Sheel, mentioned that India is the third largest tobacco producing nation and second largest consumer of tobacco worldwide. Mortality due to tobacco in India is estimated at upwards of 1.3 million (13.5 lakhs) annually. One feature […]

#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 […]

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 […]