Maha: 2,281 patients diagnosed with the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer in two years

Due to excessive intake of tobacco and tobacco-related products, the incidents of oral cancer in people is increasing. In recent tests conducted by Government Dental College, on the patients suffering from the tooth-related ailment, as many as 2,281 people were diagnosed with the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer, while 281 were diagnosed with advanced stage of oral cancer

Maha: 2,281 patients diagnosed with the pre-cancerous stage of oral cancer in two yearsWith the consumption of gutkha, bidi, and tobacco, there is a high risk of oral cancer. On this a nationwide awareness campaign is being run. Though graphical warnings are being displayed on the cigarette packets, the number of people suffering from oral cancer is still rising. Due to awareness many people have started seeing doctors. […]

World No Tobacco Day: Here’s what happens when you inhale second-hand smoke

Smoking in general is bad; this does not limit the risks for non-smokers. It is a well-known fact that when you inhale someone else’s smoke, you may be at the risk of lung cancer

World No Tobacco Day: Here’s what happens when you inhale second-hand smokeNonetheless, what is not identified and what not many people realise, is that second-hand smoke from cigarettes can also cause serious harm to your heart. Although smoking is banned at public spaces in the country, people are still exposed and inconvenienced, especially children living with smoker parents. Tobacco contains over 4,000 harmful chemical compounds; exposure […]

Mumbai: 65 % transgenders consume tobacco, finds survey 

A survey conducted by the Cancer Patients Aid Association, in Mumbai, in September last year and April 2018, revealed 60 to 65 per cent of the transgenders consume some or the other kind of tobacco. Of which, as much as 35 per cent were found to be in pre-cancerous condition

Mumbai: 65 % transgenders consume tobacco, finds survey Among them, as high as 90 per cent of them consume tobacco due to various kinds of mental stress. The prevalence of tobacco consumption is rising not only in youths but also in the transgenders. A survey conducted by the Cancer Patients Aid Association, has revealed these shocking details. Seventy-five per cent of the transgenders, […]

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 […]

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 […]