SMOKING

  • Indians in Canada approach Modi to build anti-smoking strategy 6 days ago

    Even as there is a raging debate in India over the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco packs, a group of Indians in Canada have approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider an alternative anti-smoke strategy. A social entrepreneur said, "Public want tobacco rules. We are trying to provide something...
  • Leave to Delhi to save children from fatal lungs disorders, advise doctors April 13, 2015

    New Delhi: While Delhi has been ranked as the worst polluted city in the world by the World health Organisation, 13 other Indian cities have also made it to the list. The air quality in the city and the country is also affecting the health of children. Many like seven...
  • Anti-smoking warnings destroying films, hampering creativity, says Vidhu Vinod Chopra April 10, 2015

    Filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra has come down hard on the on screen anti-smoking warnings. Chopra said that it's destroying his films and hampering creativity. Chopra said that he is ready to make a no-smoking advertisement for free for the Information and Broadcasting Ministry. ...
  • Another BJP MP wades into smoking row, says no link between cigarette puffing, cancer April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: The controversy over comments by BJP MPs, including those in a parliamentary panel, on the use of tobacco refused to die down with former Union Health Minister and NDA ally PMK's A Ramadoss on Friday coming down hard on such "foolish" arguments even as government "disassociated" itself from...
  • Smoking makes superbugs more aggressive: study April 3, 2015

    Washington: MRSA, an antibiotic-resistant superbug, becomes even more resistant to killing by the immune system when exposed to cigarette smoke, a new study has warned. Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), can cause life-threatening skin, bloodstream and surgical site infections or pneumonia. Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of...
  • Over 2,000 people evacuated after underground fire near London School of Economics April 1, 2015

    London: More than 2,000 people were evacuated on Wednesday from buildings in central London as toxic smoke filled the streets after an underground fire near London School of Economics. Firefighters said power cables had started a fire beneath the pavement in Holborn and they could not put it out until...
  • Kerala gets tough over smoking, drinking at workplace March 26, 2015

    Thiruvananthapuram: With immediate effect, all Kerala government employees, including teaching and non-teaching staff in educational institutions, will face disciplinary action if they are found smoking, drunk or using intoxicants during office hours. "Even though the rules of the government are very clear that government employees should desist from such acts, this...
  • Twitter helps smokers get rid of the habit March 4, 2015

    New York: When people in a smoking cessation programme tweet each other regularly, they are more successful at kicking the habit, says a study. Specifically, daily "auto-messages" that encourage and direct the social media exchanges may be more effective than traditional social media interventions for quitting smoking. "Our results indicate that incorporating...
  • Watch: Maybe it is time everyone stopped taking so much 'load' February 11, 2015

    We spend way too much time worrying about a lot of stuff. That too, stuff which usually does not affect our lives in any way at all!"Is this offensive to me, my pet, my family, my neighborhood, my city, my country, my culture, my religion etc?"Maybe it is time stop...
  • Trying to quit smoking? Avoid pretty women January 14, 2015

    London: Men are less likely to quit smoking when looking at attractive women, according to a new study which asked men to rate how appealing pictures of different women. In an experiment, scientists from Taiwan asked 76 men to rate pictures of various women. The men did not know it but they...
  • Political will deficit could undermine Sustainable Development Goals January 14, 2015

    A little over ten years ago, a much-publicized report called Up in Smoke? was published about how the impacts of climate change could threaten to undo many of the efforts needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The report noted that climate change is undermining and damaging the food...
  • Health Ministry proposes fine of Rs 1000 on smoking in public places, ban on sale of loose cigarettes January 14, 2015

    New Delhi: In a bid to curb tobacco consumption, the Health Ministry has now formally proposed changes in anti-smoking law with a ban on sales of loose or single sticks of cigarettes. The ministry sought to raise the fine on smoking in public places from Rs 200 to Rs 1000...
  • Declare polling stations in J-K as smoking free zones: JKVHA December 3, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Voluntary Health Association (JKVHA) has asked the state election authorities to declare all polling stations as 'smoking free zones' during the ongoing Assembly elections. "JKVHA in a letter to the Chief Election Officer (CEO), has demanded that keeping in view the general health of the people, the...
  • 'It's easy to quit smoking. I've quit thrice already': 12 real struggle every hard smoker who's just quit will understand November 26, 2014

    If you've just quit smoking after years of inner struggle to kick a habit you picked up 20 years ago, congratulations. You are the boss. But every smoker knows, the first five days are excruciatingly hard to get by. The next 10 days are slightly better, but that is also...
  • NDA government likely to ban sale of loose cigarettes November 25, 2014

    In a major decision to curb the use of cigarettes, the Health Ministry has accepted the recommendation of expert panel to ban the sale of loose cigarettes. The ministry has circulated a draft note on the ban. ...
  • J&K steps up anti-tobacco campaign, fines over 500 violators November 20, 2014

    Srinagar: Stepping up the anti-tobacco crusade in Jammu and Kashmir, the state police has fined over 500 persons for violating Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act in October. "Police has challaned 521 people and collected Rs 46,100 as fine from them across 12 districts of the valley for violating Cigarettes and...
  • Learn lessons to quit smoking during sleep November 12, 2014

    New York: Some of our brain regions remain active even during slumber and researchers have found that certain conditioning during sleep can change behaviour such as quitting smoking or giving up other addictions. Certain kinds of conditioning applied during sleep could induce us to change our real life behaviour, the findings...
  • Smoking associated with risk of developing a second smoking related cancer November 11, 2014

    Washington: A large study has found that cigarette smoking prior to the first diagnosis of lung (stage I), bladder, kidney or head and neck cancer increases the risk of developing a second smoking-associated cancer. "As survival improves for a number of smoking-related cancers, patients are living longer; however, smoking may increase...
  • Istanbul cafe handed hefty fine after President Erdogan scolded a smoker and demanded the establishment be punished November 4, 2014

    Istanbul: An Istanbul cafe was fined 6,000 lira ($2,680) on Monday after President Tayyip Erdogan scolded one of its clients from the street below for smoking and demanded the establishment be punished. The sight of Erdogan wagging his finger at the smoker as crowds of curious onlookers took pictures with their...
  • Smoking during pregnancy alters newborn's DNA October 18, 2014

    New York: Babies born to mothers who smoke during pregnancy may find it difficult to cope with stressors of daily life later due to an alteration in DNA of a gene that regulates passage of stress hormones from mother to foetus, a study says. Newborns of such mothers show lower levels...
  • Smoking can cause urologic diseases: Experts September 19, 2014

    London: Cigarette smoking can lead to a number of urological diseases and only a few people are aware of this, experts have warned. According to the Association of Austrian Urologists, smoking can also cause reduced fertility, impotence, and bladder carcinoma. A recent survey carried out by the association found that...
  • Smoking in public likely to earn you a fine of Rs 20,000 September 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Smoking in public could earn a person a fine of Rs 20,000 as suggested by the expert panel set up by the Health Ministry on tobacco control. The panel has also suggested raising the age limit for consumption and banning the sale of loose cigarettes. Final recommendations are...
  • West Bengal: Smoke in hospital, 22 patients go missing August 31, 2014

    Suri: At least 22 patients went missing after smoke emanated from the computer server of a government run hospital in Birbhum district early on Sunday, a health department official said. The smoke was detected from the server of the Suri Sadar Hospital at around 1.30 am following which many patients...
  • Is putting age limit for smoking good idea to curb tobacco use? August 21, 2014

    There is more bad news for cigarette smokers as there could soon be an age limit for smokers. Three months into being in power, the Narendra Modi government is working on curbing the consumption of tobacco products. Here are views from the viewers of CNNIBN. ...
  • Modi government mulling raising age limit for tobacco consumption from 18 to 25 years: sources August 19, 2014

    New Delhi: There is more bad news for cigarette smokers as there could soon be an age limit for smokers. Three months into being in power, the Narendra Modi government is working on curbing the consumption of tobacco products. After raising taxes on cigarettes and calling for a countrywide ban...
  • SC issues notice to Centre, states on PIL seeking ban on cigarettes, bidis August 14, 2014

    New Delhi: In a major setback to the smokers, the Supreme Court on Thursday issued notice to the Centre and all states on a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on cigarettes and bidis in the country. There is already a ban on selling cigarettes and bidis near educational...
  • 'It's easy to quit smoking. I've quit thrice already': 12 real struggle every hard smoker who's just quit will understand August 13, 2014

    If you've just quit smoking after years of inner struggle to kick a habit you picked up 20 years ago, congratulations. You are the boss. But every smoker knows, the first five days are excruciatingly hard to get by. The next 10 days are slightly better, but that is also...
  • People who work longer smoke more: Study July 28, 2014

    London: Smoking is linked to working hours, according to new research which found that people who work longer smoke more. People who work long hours find it harder to quit smoking, and those who have given up are more at risk of starting again, researchers said. The study by researchers at...
  • Amitabh Bachchan open to supporting antitobacco campaigns July 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has been long associated with campaigns for polio eradication in India, won't mind working on antitobacco projects too. The 'Bhoothnath Returns' star has been actively campaigning for polio eradication since 2002 and was appointed a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador with a focus on HIV/AIDS and polio...
  • 'Thirdhand' smoke deposited as dust in homes may also pose a potential cancer risk to nonsmokers: study July 18, 2014

    London: Have you finally amended your habits and stopped smoking inside the house to protect your kids from exposure to secondhand smoke? That may not be good enough! Researchers have found that even 'thirdhand' smoke, tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited as dust in homes, pose a potential cancer risk to...