Smoking

  • Smoking in public likely to earn you a fine of Rs 20,000 6 days ago

    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...
  • 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 CNN-IBN. ...
  • 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 anti-tobacco 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 anti-tobacco 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...
  • 'Third-hand' smoke deposited as dust in homes may also pose a potential cancer risk to non-smokers: study July 18, 2014

    London: Have you finally amended your habits and stopped smoking inside the house to protect your kids from exposure to second-hand smoke? That may not be good enough! Researchers have found that even 'third-hand' smoke, tobacco smoke gases and particles deposited as dust in homes, pose a potential cancer risk to...
  • Watch: It took a 13-year-old to shame these Indian smokers to admitting they want to quit smoking July 9, 2014

    A worrying new study reveals that smoking in front of children not only passes on the harmful effects of the smoke in the air - it can also get them hooked on cigarettes. Most smokers are very aware of the damage they are doing to their own health - and...
  • Chinese pet dog is a smoking addict July 1, 2014

    Beijing: A two-year-old dog owned by a smoker in China has picked up his master's habit and become so addicted to smoking that it must have a cigarette before going to sleep. The husky in Anda, Heilongjiang province began smoking last year, when it was adopted, according to its owner,...
  • TWTW: Cyrus Broacha discusses the 'advantages' of cigarette smoking June 22, 2014

    While Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, to increase the rates of cigarettes, Cyrus Broacha in this episode of 'The Week That Wasn't' discusses the 'advantages' of smoking. ...
  • Prisons made smoking-free zones in Kerala June 21, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Prisons in Kerala have been made smoking-free zones in compliance of the Supreme Court order banning smoking in public places. A circular in this regard has been issued by DGP (Prison) T P Senkumar, directing jail officials to enforce the ban within the prison compounds. "Though smoking in public...
  • US teens are drinking less, texting more: Study June 15, 2014

    New York: American teens are smoking less, drinking less and fighting less. But they're texting behind the wheel and spending a lot of time on video games and computers, according to the government's latest study of worrisome behaviour. Generally speaking, the news is good. Most forms of drug use, weapons use...
  • Kolkata records highest cigarette consumption in India: Survey June 12, 2014

    Kolkata: With a person in Kolkata on an average smoking 9-10 cigarettes per day, the city has recorded the highest cigarette consumption in India, a survey report released on Thursday said. It said that the frequency of tobacco consumption is the highest in Kolkata among the cities. A Mumbaikar, for example,...
  • Complaint against Shakti Kapoor for smoking in public June 4, 2014

    A complaint has been filed with a local court against Bollywood actor Shakti Kapoor for allegedly smoking publicly at Sanganer airport in Jaipur. The complainant Nem Singh, a lawyer, has sought action against the actor and the airport authority under Section 5/11 of Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act. The complaint was...
  • Hookah bars contain harmful indoor air pollution: Study May 30, 2014

    Washington: Frequent hookah bar visitors, beware! Water-pipe smoking creates higher levels of indoor air pollution than cigarette smoking, scientists have warned. Smoking water-pipes, or hookahs, creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution and poses increased risk from diminished air quality for both employees and patrons of water-pipe bars, a new...
  • Rajasthan government seeks 'undertaking of no-smoking' in direct jobs May 23, 2014

    Anyone seeking a job through direct recruitment process in Rajasthan government services will now have to submit an undertaking of "non-smoking and non-gutka use" with the application. State Personnel and Training Department, in an order, circulated to all departments, corporations, agencies, public service commission and district collectors, has asked to get...
  • Google-owned Nest recalls 4,40,000 smoke alarms over safety risk May 22, 2014

    New York: Government regulators on Wednesday said that they have approved Nest Labs' plans to fix a feature in its smoke alarms that could prevent them from sounding immediately. The US Consumer Product Safety Commission said Wednesday that the company will recall 4,40,000 of its Nest Protect Smoke + CO alarms,...
  • Smoking more likely among kids whose parents light up May 13, 2014

    Washington: Children of parents who are nicotine addicts are not only more likely to take up cigarettes but also become heavy smokers in their youth, a new study has warned. The findings suggest that parental smoking cessation early in their children's lives is critical to prevent habitual smoking in the...
  • India is facing huge cancer crisis: Experts April 13, 2014

    London: India is facing a cancer crisis, with smoking, belated diagnosis and unequal access to treatment causing large-scale problems, experts said. Every year in India, around one million new cancer cases are diagnosed and around 600,000 to 700,000 people die from cancer in India, with this death toll projected to...
  • Bihar polling stations declared no-smoking zones March 29, 2014

    The Election Commission (EC) on Saturday declared all polling stations in Bihar as non-smoking zone under section 4 of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA). Additional Chief Electoral Officer R Lakshmanan said, "Polling stations and booths...
  • Cinema reflects society, society rarely reflects cinema: Kajol March 13, 2014

    Mumbai: Actress Kajol Wednesday attended a special session at the 15th edition of FICCI Frames 2014 and said it's unfair to say that one gets influenced by watching cinema. The star of films like 'Dushman' and 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', was speaking on the ideas behind censorship guidelines. "My kids are in...
  • California third-graders, 8 and 9 years old, caught smoking pot in school bathroom March 6, 2014

    Three third-graders were caught smoking marijuana in the boys' bathroom of their northern California elementary school last week in what the local police chief says marked the youngest pot bust he has ever encountered. The three boys - two 8-year-olds and one 9-year-old - were caught last Thursday by another student,...
  • INS Sindhuratna mishap: More Navy officers may resign, say sources February 27, 2014

    Mumbai: A day after Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi resigned after another of India's warships met with a mishap, more officers are likely to follow suit, say sources. The sources say that more Navy officers in the Western Command may quit over the incident, the cause of which is not yet...
  • Submarine mishap: Was Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi forced to quit? February 27, 2014

    Mumbai: It's been a tough 24 hours for the Indian Navy. Shortly after two of its officers went missing and seven others were injured in a mishap on board the INS Sindhuratna submarine, Navy Chief Admiral DK Joshi quit, citing moral responsibility. A press note issued by the Defence Ministry...
  • Watch: Smoking machine that automatically lights, smokes and stubs cigarettes on the ground February 24, 2014

    The smoking machine was created by Norway-based Kristoffer Myskja is 2007. The machine works its way through loading, lighting, smoking and stubbing a cigarette. Watch the fascinating video here. ...
  • Mumbai: HC notice to Centre, CBFC on anti-smoking warning in films February 4, 2014

    Mumbai: The Bombay High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to the Union government and the Central Board for Film Certification (CBFC) on a petition by filmmaker Anurag Kashyap challenging the notification that made an anti-smoking disclaimer mandatory during smoking scenes in a movie. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit...
  • Things smokers say every day to justify smoking. Admit it, you've done it too January 31, 2014

    How many times have you bonded over a cigarette in the restaurant alley way with a complete stranger whom you asked for a light? Countless times perhaps. Smokers everywhere have their nice little group thing going on. They meet to have a quick break from work, an escape to the...
  • China bans official from smoking in public December 30, 2013

    China has banned its officials from smoking in public to set an example to the rest of the country that has the world's largest number of smokers. The official Xinhua News Agency said that officials are not allowed to smoke in schools, hospitals, sports venues, on public transport or any other...
  • In Punjab, 17,000 booked for smoking in public October 9, 2013

    Chandigarh: Over 17,000 people have been issued tickets (challaned) by the Punjab government this year for violating ban on smoking in public places, a senior health officer said in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Punjab's Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare Vini Mahajan said that 12 districts in Punjab have already been...