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India: Govt To Enforce Ban On Sale Of Tobacco Products Near Hospitals, Edu Inst

The Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, Mohammad Aijaz Asad Wednesday chaired a meeting of District Level Coordination Committee under National Tobacco Control Programme to review the implementation of Cigarette and Other Tobacco Product Act (COPTA) at DC Office here. During the meeting, the DC laid stress on the need of awareness generation among the masses regarding...

Working with consumers to end tobacco’s death toll

With many global challenges, the solutions are a troubling combination of uncertain, disruptive, expensive, and lengthy. But sometimes we have the good fortune to be able to rapidly deal with problems, such as those that can be addressed through measures such as sanitation and vaccination. Add tobacco’s toll to that list. Cigarette smoking vies with...

UK: Vectura shareholders urged to reject Philip Morris takeover

Health experts, medics and charities warn £1.1bn tobacco firm deal could cost inhaler maker access to government grants. Shareholders in the asthma inhaler maker Vectura have been urged to reject a £1.1bn takeover by the tobacco company Philip Morris International (PMI), in an open letter signed by 35 health charities, public health experts and doctors...

Ethical concerns as Big Tobacco hustles into health care

Philip Morris International is buying a successful British company making inhaled treatments for lung disease. Companies who made fortunes selling damaging and addictive cigarettes are making fresh moves into health care. Philip Morris International (PMI), the Swiss-American maker of Marlboro cigarettes, has bought two drug firms in the last month and on Thursday won support to...

Smoking-related cancer twice as prevalent among poor in England

Overall cancer rates are higher among the wealthy, finds Cancer Research UK – but smoking and its cancers are now concentrated among the poor. Smoking causes almost twice as many cancer cases among the poor than the well-off, according to new findings that underline the close link between cigarettes and deprivation. About 11,247 cases of cancer...

Big Tobacco’s price games undermine tobacco taxation

Taxation is the most effective form of tobacco control, but the tobacco industry uses a variety of sophisticated pricing strategies to undermine tax increases. When a government budget announces an increase on the price of a packet of cigarettes, the tobacco company just passes it on to the consumer, right? No, not quite, according to...

PMI’s surprise embrace of a cigarette-free future must not distract from tobacco control

As its behaviour in emerging markets makes clear, the tobacco industry's post-cigarette rhetoric only seems to apply to the Western markets where it is losing ground. The CEO of Philip Morris International (PMI), Jacek Olczak, has made a surprising request for the UK government to abolish traditional cigarettes by 2030–including his own. The tobacco executive told the Mail...

Europe: Parliament draft report pushes for tax hike on all tobacco products

A draft of a new report from the European Parliament’s Beating Cancer Committee does not distinguish between cigarettes and novel tobacco products on key points, signalling a tighter position on tobacco control, with some lawmakers already mobilising to challenge this. Once passed, the report by the BECA committee will serve as the institution’s position on...

England: Smoking responsible for twice as many cancers in most deprived groups

Smoking is responsible for nearly twice as many cancer cases in lower income groups compared to higher income groups, according to new estimates by Cancer Research UK. Over 11,000 cases of cancer were linked to smoking in the lowest income group, compared to around 6,000 in the highest. Decades of glitzy packaging and marketing by the...

India: Why Parliament needs to take up the pending amendments in Tobacco Control Laws

The government must take note of the views of experts and make laws on tobacco products more stringent. The unprecedented rise in the number of deaths due to the diseases caused by tobacco consumption is adding to the woes of the government in general and the Union Health Ministry in particular as the spending of...