Bidi

  • Health Ministry writes to Finance Ministry, demands cigarette price hike June 20, 2014

    New Delhi: In a move to discourage people from consuming cigarettes, the Health Ministry has written to the Finance Ministry to increase the taxes on cigarettes thereby increasing its price. The Health Ministry has urged the Finance Minister to increase the price of cigarette by Rs 3.5 per stick irrespective...
  • WB: President's son faces tough poll battle in 'bidi' town April 21, 2014

    After barely scraping through in 2012 bypolls on his father Pranab Mukherjee vacating the seat, Abhijit Mukherjee is now facing a stern test to rid himself of 'President's son' tag in this minority-dominated 'bidi' town where he is pitted against six Muslim rivals, among others. The Lok Sabha seat is all...
  • New pictorial warnings missing from tobacco products April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Even though the government-approved new pictorial warnings on tobacco packets were to be implemented April 1, 2013, a survey by a health organisation said on Monday that no tobacco products in the national capital carried the new warning. "Tobacco companies have been given ample time to ensure the new...
  • Pictoral warnings on cigarette packs watered down November 2, 2009

    New Delhi: Pictorial warnings on cigarette packets recently introduced by the government are about to be phased out, reports say. It is its a clear attempt to safe guard the interest of the people involved in the tobacco industry and to keep the governmen'ts crucial vote bank intact. Initially,...
  • 70% of tobacco smoked in India is in form of bidis May 30, 2008

    New Delhi: Bidi smoking is one of the largest killers in India than all other forms of tobacco combined. While there are various campaigns and awareness drives against cigarette smoking, no one seems to be mentioning bidis, which apparently is the biggest killer. Bidis kill 6,00,000 people in India every year....