TOBACCO

  • Having lost his speech to throat cancer, survivor writes to PM for ban on loose cigarettes December 4, 2014

    New Delhi: A former Customs Commissioner, who lost his speech due to throat cancer after prolonged tobacco use, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to reconsider the proposal to ban sale of loose cigarettes, amid reports that the move is likely to be put on hold. "After having...
  • 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...
  • Bihar imposes ban on tobacco November 7, 2014

    Patna: The Bihar government on Friday announced a ban on tobacco and its products to ward off its ill effects on citizens. Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi announced the ban on zarda, paan masala and other tobacco products on Tobacco Prevention Day. The CM also said that tax on tobacco...
  • Harsh Vardhan seeks complete ban on e-cigarettes, ENDS October 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Favouring a complete ban on e-cigarettes and all products described as electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that such products push children towards tobacco habit eventually via nicotine dependence. In his clearest message yet on the controversy over the safety of ENDS,...
  • India tightens rules on cigarettes, tobacco branding October 16, 2014

    New Delhi: Tobacco companies in India will have to stamp health warnings across 85 per cent of the surface of cigarette packs and other products, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday, joining nations such as Thailand and Australia with stringent marketing rules. Up to 9,00,000 Indians die every year of diseases...
  • Cigarette packs to carry warning on 85 per cent of space October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Come April next year, 85 per cent of space on cigaratte packs and other tobacco products in India will have to be mandatorily covered with graphic and text warnings of health hazard, making the country top ranker in terms of display of caution on packages. After implementation of...
  • India slips on tobacco warnings: Report October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: India's ranking has dropped down to 136 out of 198 among countries that include pictorial health warnings on tobacco package, a report said Tuesday. This is much lower than the 123rd position that the country had in 2012, a release said. The Cigarette Package Health Warnings: International Status Report 2014,...
  • Liquor, tobacco products now cost more in Kerala October 10, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: The price of liquor went up in Kerala on Friday after the government, in its bid to enforce total prohibition, imposed an additional 25 per cent tax. Also, an eight per cent tax hike on tobacco products came into force on Friday, making them more expensive. "We have already decided that...
  • Police plan to turn Kerala capital 'tobacco-free' September 23, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala capital may turn into a tobacco-free city soon with city police taking several initiatives, including strict implementation of anti-tobacco laws. Close on the heels of the state government increasing the tax on cigarette, the city police has joined hands with "janamaithri" personnel, the community police wing of the...
  • Kerala: Experts welcomes increase in tax on cigarettes September 18, 2014

    Thiruvananthapuram: Leading medical experts and social advocates who have come together under the umbrella of "Tobacco Free Kerala" on Thursday welcomed the Kerala Government decision to raise taxes of cigarettes by 50 per cent during the fiscal year 201415. Lauding the Oommen Chandy government for...
  • 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...
  • Rs 2 lakh worth banned tobacco products seized in Salem September 10, 2014

    Salem: Ten thousand packets of banned tobacco products worth about Rs two lakh were seized from a mini lorry at Thoppur ghat section on Wednesday, police said. They said the speeding mini lorry was intercepted at the Thoppur ghat section and a search revealed the packets hidden inside. Four occupants...
  • Health ministry to amend Anti tobacco laws August 22, 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. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Tobacco ban: Health Ministry to make law more stringent August 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Tobacco control seems to have finally taken precedence in India. First the Modi government made cigarettes costlier, then called for nationwide ban on tobacco products and now for the first time in over a decade since the cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA) was formed, the...
  • News 360: Molestation survivor harassed by Mumbai Police August 19, 2014

    In yet another case of insensitivity by the police, a young woman had to undergo a harrowing ordeal when she went to file her complaint for molestation by goons in Mumbai. ...
  • 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...
  • Harsh Vardhan writes to states, UTs over sale of tobacco products August 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has written to several states and union territories over easy availability of tobacco products in various forms despite restrictions on their sale. Vardhan also launched an antitobacco website and kicked off a campaign showcasing the plight of a cancer victim on Thursday. In his letter,...
  • 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...
  • Oral cancer claims one life every six hours in India July 21, 2014

    Kolkata: One person dies every six hours due to oral cancer in the country, signalling an alarming rise in the incidence of the disease, according to a top orthodontist. The situation could be still graver as many cases of the disease went unreported, SecretaryGeneral of the Indian Dental Association Dr....
  • Jaitley's 'healthy measures' in Budget 2014: Cigarettes, gutka, aerated drinks get costlier July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: In what he called 'healthy measures', Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday increased excise duties on tobacco, gutka and aerated drinks. Making cigarettes expensive, Jaitley raised the excise duties on cigarettes and other tobacco products from 11 per cent and 72 per cent. Jaitley has also hiked excise duty...
  • Health Minister asks CMs to consider raising VAT on tobacco products to 50 pc July 5, 2014

    New Delhi: In a bid to discourage people from consuming tobacco products, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has written to all the chief ministers to consider raising the VAT on tobaccomade products to 50 per cent. He has asked the state governments to frame a tax policy making tobacco products...
  • World drug day: Saving our children from tobacco June 26, 2014

    Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in a recent letter on the June 19 urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to raise tax on retail price of cigarettes from 45 per cent to over 60 per cent in the upcoming budget. This would add Rs 3,800 crore to the government's revenue...
  • Effect steep hike in prices of tobacco products: Vardhan to Jaitley June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has written to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asking him to effect a "steep hike" in prices of tobacco products, saying they are a "menace" to society and the costlier they become the better. "Tobacco products like cigarettes, bidi and gutka are a source of so...
  • Trying to quit smoking? On World No Tobacco Day, here are 10 tips from people who have successfully quit the habit May 31, 2014

    'I'm going to quit smoking soon.' How often have you heard a smoker say that? The 'soon', however, is illusive. It's an urge most find difficult to curb once you've picked up the habit. In every tense situation your hand automatically finds the cigarette in your pocket. Have you been...
  • 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...
  • Mumbai: HC notice to Centre, CBFC on antismoking 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 antismoking disclaimer mandatory during smoking scenes in a movie. A division bench of Chief Justice Mohit...
  • Punjab government draws criticism for lowering VAT on tobacco products January 27, 2014

    Chandigarh: Voice of Tobacco Victims, a civil society organisation, on Monday criticised the Punjab government's recent decision to roll back taxes on cigarettes from 55 to 22 per cent. Neighbouring states like Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Jammu & Kashmir have increased VAT on tobacco products, professor of Surgical Oncology at Tata...
  • RGV condemns antitobacco ads, questions logic behind it November 6, 2013

    Mumbai: Ram Gopal Varma has never been one to zip his lips on controversial matters. Now antismoking and antitobacco campaigns shown prior to films' screenings in theatres have caught his interest and the filmmaker questions the logic behind them. "People want to forget problems for two hours when they come to...