‘Cancer warriors’ to battle against tobacco on No Tobacco Day

A ‘Cancer Warrior’ is private practitioners who offer free service in government hospitals in Maharashtra; they have been roped in for the programme. They are expected to spread awareness on anti-tobacco through lectures to adolescents who are a vulnerable group when it comes to the people affected by the health hazards of tobacco consumption

‘Cancer warriors’ to battle against tobacco on No Tobacco DayThis year on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, i.e. May 31, a ‘cancer warrior’ would be meeting police personnel, Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML) employees and staff across the schools in Pune, to spread awareness about the ill effects of tobacco consumption. A ‘Cancer Warrior’ is private practitioners who offer free service […]

Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancer

Drinking hot tea on a regular basis is linked to esophageal cancer in people who also smoke and drink alcohol habitually. Esophageal cancer was already known to be linked to drinking alcohol and smoking, but those risks are heightened by the addition of daily cups of hot tea, researchers discovered

Drinking hot tea can increase risk of esophageal cancerAcross the world, hot tea is a much-loved drink; Euromonitor International estimate that around 2.9 million tons of tea were consumed in 2016 alone. This comes as no surprise, seeing that teas are tasty and can bring many health benefits, often brought about by the antioxidant effects of compounds such as polyphenols. However, a recent […]

Tobacco consumption in India sees a significant dip in last 10 years

National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report brings positive news as tobacco is responsible for 50% of cancer cases in India. Report says tobacco consumption has come down drastically even in Maharashtra

Tobacco consumption in India sees a significant dip in last 10 yearsTobacco consumption comes down drastically in India and Maharashtra in last 10 years Ministry of Health and Family Welfare department’s latest figures see a significant dip in 2015-16, compared to 2005-06 National Family Health Survey (NFHS-4) report brings positive news as tobacco is majorly responsible for 50% of cancer cases in India Health activists demand […]

Demand grows for levying heavy tax on tobacco products under GST

Approximately 48% men and 20% women, who constitute 35% of adult population, consume tobacco. Of these, at least 10 lakh are dying each year suffering from tobacco-related diseases

Demand grows for levying heavy tax on tobacco products under GSTAhead of the crucial Goods and Service Tax (GST) Council meeting on February 18, public health groups have urged Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to tax all tobacco products, including bidis at 28% under the GST Regime. They have also strongly recommended that tobacco products, including bidis, should be taxed at uniformly high rates under […]

Anti-tobacco messages in movie theatres are effective, finds study

According to the study, there is an urgent need for better implementation and enforcement of Film Rule across all media mediums. When properly implemented, it will be effective in countering image of tobacco

Anti-tobacco messages in movie theatres are effective, finds studyTo evaluate the implementation of Film Rule, under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), a study was done by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Titled ‘Evaluation of Tobacco Free Film and Television Policy in India’, it was conducted by Vital Strategies with support from WHO Country Office for India, […]

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag Kashyap

A disheartened Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi pens an open letter to film director Anurag Kashyap on his PIL protesting the health warning regarding smoking

“I am truly dismayed,” a doctor writes an open letter to Anurag KashyapDear Anurag Kashyap, You have filed a petition in the Bombay High Court challenging the current censor board notification that mandates certain warning in movies with smoking scenes. As a long-time admirer of your talent, I am truly dismayed. While it’s estimated that tobacco will kill one million Indians this year alone and 3000 deaths […]

Mumbai police is giving up tobacco consumption, says study

Cancer Patients Aid Association’s (CPAA) anti-tobacco drive for Mumbai police helps bring down tobacco consumption from 75% to 45%

Mumbai police is giving up tobacco consumption, says studyThe Mumbai police force has seen an encouraging drop in consumption of tobacco from 75 per cent to 45 per cent in the last few years, stated a recent study done by Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA), an NGO. Mumbai’s cops are always on the move. Their commitment to protect Mumbaikars remains undebatable. But, most […]

Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will soon kill 8 million a year

Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally

Smoking costs $1 trillion to the global economy, will soon kill 8 million a yearSmoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated […]

The real dangers of smoking nobody tells you about

Additives don't change tobacco smoke and make it dangerous – tobacco is inherently dangerous

The real dangers of smoking nobody tells you aboutMost people don’t grasp that the chemicals produced by burning a cigarette are more harmful than the manufacturer’s additives that cigarette also contains, and many mistakenly believe filters can protect them from breathing toxic fumes, a recent study suggests. “We already knew that many people, especially smokers, think smoking might be dangerous for other people […]

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself

It is well known that smoking is bad for health, but we demonstrate in this study just how bad it is

Smoking more fatal to HIV patients than the disease itself  Smoking is so deadly that it may be more likely to kill HIV patients than the virus, researchers reported Thursday. A second study helps explain why — it causes dozens of cancer-causing DNA mutations. New cocktails of HIV drugs can keep patients healthy, even though they don’t cure the infection. And they work so […]