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 […]

Cheap cigarettes can cost you heavily

A new study suggests that the availability of cheaper, off-brand cigarettes is associated with an increase in infant mortality

Cheap cigarettes can cost you heavilyResearchers writing in JAMA Pediatrics studied the link between cigarette prices and infant mortality in 23 European countries from 2004 through 2014. During this time, there were more than 53 million live births. After controlling for other factors, they found that a $1.18 increase in average price per pack was associated with a decline of 0.23 […]

Central government steps up to prohibit children’s access to tobacco products

In order to achieve the objective of preventing children and non-tobacco users from the exposure to tobacco products, the Union Ministry of Health has sent a letter to all the state governments asking them to license the sale of tobacco products

Central government steps up to prohibit children’s access to tobacco productsTaking a step forward in the prohibition of tobacco consumption by children, the Union Ministry of Health has sent a letter to all the state governments asking them to develop the mechanism to prevent children from getting exposed to the sale of tobacco. It has asked local administrative bodies to make condition or provision while […]

Life expectancy in India has increased but NCDs remain a concern

As per the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2016 data released through the Lancet today, over 6 million deaths have occurred due to NCDs in the country in 2016. The two largest increases were seen in diabetes and chronic kidney disease

Life expectancy in India has increased but NCDs remain a concernThe Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 2016 data released today reveals that Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and injuries continue to be the main cause of death among people of all age-groups in India. Though the life expectancy has been steadily growing over the past decade, recent data shows that India still suffers from some major disease […]

IB report portrays tobacco control campaign a threat: Hurt Tata hospital director writes to PM Modi

An Intelligence Bureau (IB) report of Home Ministry portrayed India’s success in controlling tobacco as a threat to the nation. Saddened by the media report, Dr Kailash Sharma, Director (Academics) of Tata Memorial Hospital, Department of Atomic Energy, GoI, wrote a letter to Honorable Home Minister with a copy to Prime Minister, Health Minister and National Security Advisor. The letter also questions the logic of supporting livelihood of 3.5 crore people by killing 12 lakhs innocent Indians every year

IB report portrays tobacco control campaign a threat: Hurt Tata hospital director writes to PM ModiOn 2nd June, 2017 Shri JP Nadda, Union Minister of Health released a report that showed 17% relative decrease in tobacco consumption in India, between the year 2010 to 2016. The maximum decrease (54%) in consumption happened in the age group of 17 years. In absolute numbers, the Government’s campaign saved 81 lakhs less Indians picking […]

Now, UK study shows e-cigarettes initiates cigarette smoking

A UK-based study published on the Nutrition and Health Journal's latest edition shows that use of e-cigarettes can be directly associated with initiation of smoking cigarettes. This study has been termed as the first ever study in UK, which has shown the relationship between the use of e-cigarettes and cigarettes. It busts the myth that e-cigarettes are less harmful than cigarettes

Now, UK study shows e-cigarettes initiates cigarette smokingA study published in the Tobacco Control BMJ Journal, has shown that use of e-cigarettes can be directly associated with initiation of smoking cigarette. The study is based on a survey done amongst adolescents in the United Kingdom (UK). Various cross-sectional surveys found that there is increase in number of adolescents that had been reported […]

Maha govt to make the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offence

The opposition raised the issue of flavoured supari in the Vidhan Sabha today. Congress MLA, Sanjay Dutt demanded a ban on flavoured supari (areca nut). Later, Girish Bapat informed the house about the measures undertaken by the state government to control the sale of flavoured supari

Maha govt to make the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offenceAfter Maharashtra’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) flip-flop on banning flavored supari (areca nut), Girish Bapat, Cabinet Minister for Food and Drugs Administration has said the government is considering making the sale of flavoured supari a non-bailable offence. He gave this information while answering a question in the legislative council which is under proceeding for […]

My Medical Mantra Impact: Maharashtra FDA imposes ban on flavoured ‘supari’

In an article published on July 22, My Medical Mantra had highlighted how the FDA’s decision to allow the sale of flavoured supari is a major setback to the on-going anti-tobacco campaign. The new notification issued by the FDA bans sale of flavoured supari from July 20 for next six months

My Medical Mantra Impact: Maharashtra FDA imposes ban on flavoured ‘supari’  A week after Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) Maharashtra lifted the ban on the sale of flavoured supari (areca nut); it has rolled back its order and decided to continue with the ban for the next six months. In an article published on July 22, My Medical Mantra had highlighted how the FDA’s decision […]