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 […]

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 […]