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India: A Pandemic Driven Approach to Tobacco Control

As India fights the pandemic with its back to the wall, medical experts have flagged the need to strengthen the tobacco control movement countrywide. Addressing experts from across the country on Sunday at an event organised by the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh, health expert Dr Rana J Singh...

India: ‘Majority smokers against plan to ban sale of loose cigarettes’

They believe that this decision to reduce tobacco use may instead force smokers to buy full packs. New Delhi: An overwhelming majority of smokers do not support the proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes and designated smoking areas under the amendments in the law on cigarettes and other tobacco products, according to a...

India: State hikes age limit for tobacco consumption to 21 years

The state government has hiked the legal age for consumption of tobacco products to 21 years, besides banning hookah bars The state government has hiked the legal age for consumption of tobacco products to 21 years, besides banning hookah bars. This came after the state Assembly recently on Monday passed the Cigarette and Other Tobacco...

Tobacco Control is Key to Eliminate TB by 2025

Though COVID-19, barely more than a year old, may be the defining global health crisis of this century, an ancient infectious disease—tuberculosis—has been steadily killing humans for centuries, if not longer. In 2019 alone, 10 million people developed tuberculosis and 1.4 million people died from the disease—many of whom were in India, the country...

New Report: India’s Anti‑Smoking Laws Are Ineffective

A 50-page report published by the National Law School of India University (NLSIU), points out loopholes and weak areas in India’s current Tobacco Act, and calls for much needed amendments. Glaring gaps” in India’s tobacco control legislation make it “ineffective for regulating tobacco consumption and exposure to second-hand smoke,” argues the report. These concerns are...

India: Need To tighten Tobacco Control

The 17 years of working of COTPA was useful to a certain extent in defying the tobacco industry’s tactics to advertise and promote tobacco use in India. However, in spite of the Government’s best efforts to effectively enforce the law and civil society’s efforts to ensure that violations are adequately reported, the industry has...

80 per cent Indians consider tobacco to pose serious health threat: Survey

Over 80 per cent of Indians consider cigarettes, bidis and tobacco in smokeless forms to be a very serious problem and 88 per cent strongly support the strengthening of the current tobacco control law to address this menace, revealed a recent study conducted by Consumer VOICE. Consumer VOICE is a voluntary organization engaged in spreading...

India: Global study points to rampant tobacco use among adolescents, children

The study, between 2010 and 2018, noted that the prevalence of smoking cigarettes at least one day over a 30-day period was approximately twice as high at the age of 15 as compared to 13 years in both boys and girls Despite an overall reduction in cigarette use over the last 20 years, nearly 1...

India: Tobacco taxes too low to control smoking

Karnataka's example shows that strictly enforcing existing laws could be a better answer, says study Smoking is a public health issue in India, with 100 million adults using products such as cigarettes and beedis. One tool the government has is taxes. But a study from Karnataka shows taxes are uneven and too low to limit...