SMOKING

  • 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...
  • Watch: It took a 13yearold 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 twoyearold 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 smokingfree zones in Kerala June 21, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Prisons in Kerala have been made smokingfree 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 910 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! Waterpipe smoking creates higher levels of indoor air pollution than cigarette smoking, scientists have warned. Smoking waterpipes, or hookahs, creates hazardous concentrations of indoor air pollution and poses increased risk from diminished air quality for both employees and patrons of waterpipe bars, a new...