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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...

Misinformation, attacks from NGOs obstruct tobacco harm reduction in LMICs

Misinformation and attacks from well-funded international non-government organizations are among the key obstacles to the adoption of tobacco harm reduction (THR) and mitigation of deaths from smoking in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), according to health policy experts. Representatives from countries like India, Ukraine, Kenya, and Mexico enumerated the factors that are hindering LMICs from...

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...

India: Tobacco control needs to be pursued like mission, says Harsh Vardhan

Tobacco use is so interwoven in our society that untiring efforts are required to fight this epidemic and tobacco control needs to be pursued like a mission, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. Tobacco use is so interwoven in our society that untiring efforts are required to fight this epidemic and tobacco control needs to be...

Vital Strategies launches crowdsourcing tool to monitor tobacco marketing in India

Vital Strategies has launched a digital crowdsourcing tool to monitor tobacco marketing in India.  Each year, the tobacco industry spends millions of dollars on marketing to increase tobacco consumption, particularly among youth. With more than 267 million tobacco users in India, a new digital platform from the global health organisation Vital Strategies identifies tobacco...

India: Cancer survivors urge PM Modi to ban tobacco sale

BENGALURU: With the Covid third wave predicted to hit by October, cancer survivors from  Bengaluru have demanded that the central and state governments bring amendment to the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), impose ban on tobacco sales and strictly enforce the ban on smoking and spitting in public places. In a letter to Prime...

How to Combat Tobacco Usage in India

While cigarettes constitute a source of considerable revenue for the Indian government, it is also crucial to reduce the consumption of these “sin goods” preferably through increased taxation. On similar lines, the finance minister of India, while presenting the 2020-2021 budget, suggested an upsurge in the excise duty charged on cigarettes by raising the...

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...