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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...

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...