Tobacco picture warnings: SC declines stay on Karnataka HC order

The Supreme Court refused to grant any interim stay on the Karnataka high court verdict which quashed the government regulation that packets of tobacco products must carry pictorial warning covering 85 per cent of the packaging space

Tobacco picture warnings: SC declines stay on Karnataka HC orderAccording to Cigarette Package Health Warnings International Status Report that was released in 2016, India moved to third position out of 205 countries that had pictorial health warnings on tobacco packages. India’s earlier ranking was 136 in 2014 and 123 in 2012.  The Karnataka high court on 15 December, had struck down the cigarettes and […]

‘Reducing the size of warnings, a setback in tobacco control’: Experts

In October this year, Guwahati High Court squashed the anti-tobacco law in Assam. Yesterday, the Karnataka High Court declared the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rule, 2014 as unconstitutional. With these struck down laws, health experts say it will be a setback for the tobacco control measures

‘Reducing the size of warnings, a setback in tobacco control’: ExpertsOn Friday, the Karnataka High Court declared the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rule, 2014 as unconstitutional. The Act enhanced the 85 per cent pictorial warnings on the packets of cigarette and other tobacco products in order to make it clear and quite visible. This came as a major blow to […]

Maha: More minors resort to smoking, says survey

Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Maharashtra, fact sheet was released on Friday, revealed that overall tobacco use prevalence declined among adults in Maharashtra but more sustained efforts are required to reduce tobacco use prevalence. Also, prevalence of tobacco use among age group of 15 to 17 has increased from 2.9 per cent to 5.5 per cent

Maha: More minors resort to smoking, says survey  The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) is a global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) and tracking key tobacco control indicators. The second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2) 2016-2017 released on Friday, revealed that overall tobacco use prevalence has declined among adults in Maharashtra- from 31.4 per cent […]

Chapter on tobacco control to be a part of CBSE syllabus?

It is a known fact that tobacco consumption is harmful for health. In order to curb people from having tobacco, the additional director (Health), Tobacco Control Department in Delhi, has written three letters already asking the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) to include a chapter regarding tobacco control in CBSE schools to create awareness among children

Chapter on tobacco control to be a part of CBSE syllabus?There have been repeated discussions about how it is important for us to get our children to understand the ill-effects of consuming tobacco. Again, the State tobacco control cell in Delhi, has written to the NCERT asking them to include a chapter on tobacco control in CBSE schools so as to tackle the menace. Dr […]

Women: Here’s why passive smoking is injurious to your health

Being exposed to second-hand smoke affects an adult’s heart and blood vessels directly. Adult non-smokers, who live with smokers, are at about 25 per cent more risk of developing a heart disease. Smoking can also affects the foetus which can be dangerous, as it may lead to foetal growth retardation

Women: Here’s why passive smoking is injurious to your healthWomen are catching up with men in every field and even surpassing them in some. Today, women have outperformed men in many fields and one of them is the consumption of tobacco. According to various studies, India now has around 12.1 million women smokers and lags behind the United States in this segment. While the […]

Soon: Maha to launch a helpline to take action against tobacco dealers near school

The Home Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Ranjit Patil said that despite the prohibition of selling tobacco products within a radius of 100 yards from the school premises, tobacco products are being openly sold. Strict measures need to be taken to stop the sale of tobacco products in the village, locality and the cities. Also, a helpline will be started where anyone can call and report the unauthorised sale and consumption of tobacco in a restricted place

Soon: Maha to launch a helpline to take action against tobacco dealers near schoolThe Home Minister of Maharashtra, Dr Ranjit Patil has said, there are many laws present in Maharashtra to prevent the consumption of tobacco by children, especially the presence of COTPA (Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act. 2003) and Juvenile Justice Act. The COTPA and JJ Act will be implemented strictly by the police to ensure […]

27 per cent of BMC school children addicted to smoking, reveals survey

The ugly leitmotif of adolescent smoking addiction has come into light. According to a survey, a large number of children from Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) are into smoking. The survey was conducted by students from class five to ninth

27 per cent of BMC school children addicted to smoking, reveals surveyThe doctors of Prince Aly Khan Hospital, Mazgaon, Mumbai, conducted survey in 30 schools BMC schools. The doctor was surprised, as the survey that, so far, 27 per cent of children were into smoking. Tobacco products have been implicated as the main causes of oral cancer. Still, students get into smoking right from their schooling […]

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai man

His parents started noticing that he had become irritable, suspicious of people’s intentions, angrily picking up fights, gradually progressed to muttering to self, abusing, running out of the house , spending long hours in front of the mirror etc. That’s when the doctors realised he had schizophrenia, a side-effect in this case of ‘smoking pot’

Warning: ‘Smoking’ pot could end up making you schizophrenic, like this 32-year-old Mumbai manFor the 32-year-old, Jian Kapoor (name changed) smoking pot was a ‘fun’ with friends. Kapoor was working in a management firm and he would smoke the pot with his friends about a year back. He was becoming way too irritable and increasingly suspicious of everyone. His worried parents approached a city doctor for help. “His parents […]

Kharra: A leading cause of oral cancer, says survey

Kharra (mix of processed tobacco, betel nut or areca nut and lime) is a form of tobacco. According to the Government Dental College of Nagpur, consumption of Kharra leads to oral cancer

Kharra: A leading cause of oral cancer, says surveyTobacco is harmful for health. Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like ischemic heart diseases, cancers, diabetes, chronic respiratory diseases are the leading causes of death globally and associated with tobacco use. The government dental college of Nagpur conducted a survey. In which, from January to August 2017, a mouth check-up was conducted in the hospital for seeking […]

Even one cigarette a day is bad for your health

There is a growing number of people only smoking a few cigarettes a day, and that’s the main reason for performing this study

Even one cigarette a day is bad for your healthA person who habitually smokes just one cigarette a day is nine times as likely to die from lung cancer as a non-smoker, and even if he or she quits at age 50, still has a 44 percent increased risk of premature death. These findings, from a large study in JAMA Internal Medicine, provide further […]