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  • Duty free allowance of cigarettes, cigars at airports halved July 13, 2014

    New Delhi: In another step against smoking, the government has reduced by 50 per cent duty free allowance of cigarettes to 100 sticks and 25 cigars in airports. The decision comes barely a day after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley proposed 'sin tax' and announced increase in excise duty on...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 tobacco-made products to 50 per cent. He has asked the state governments to frame a tax policy making tobacco products...
  • Fire in Nepal factory guts cigarettes worth millions June 25, 2014

    Kathmandu: A major fire at the godown of Surya Tobacco Company, the largest Indian joint-venture operating in Nepal, on Wednesday destroyed 40 truckloads of cigarettes and caused huge damage to its property. The fire that broke out in the godown of the company, a subsidiary of ITC, completely turned 40...
  • 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. ...
  • India @ 9 with Anubha Bhonsle June 20, 2014

    Catch the day's top stories with Anubha Bhonsle on India @ 9. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • ITC Q4 net profit up 18 per cent, sales volumes fall May 23, 2014

    Mumbai: India's biggest cigarette maker, ITC Ltd, said its fourth-quarter net profit grew 18 per cent, beating estimates, as price hikes and a pick-up in low-cost cigarette consumption boosted margins, even as sales volumes fell. The company, nearly 25 per cent-owned by British American Tobacco, said in a statement net profit...
  • 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...
  • Watch: Woody Allen and John Turturro in the upcoming film 'Fading Gigolo' April 12, 2014

    Imagine veteran filmmaker Woody Allen playing the role of a pimp. Hard to believe? But that is exactly what he portrays, as a books seller-turned pimp, in the upcoming romantic comedy/farcical film 'Fading Gigolo'. Written and directed by John Turturro, the film explores the concept of 'menage a trois', a "domestic"...
  • Saudi man divorces wife for having cigarette in her bag November 25, 2013

    Marriage goes up in smoke! A Saudi man divorced his wife just three months after marriage when he found a cigarette in her bag. The husband became furious after he discovered the cigarette and decided to divorce her despite her claims that she did not smoke and that the cigarette did...
  • 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...
  • AI crew member detained in London for smuggling cigarettes June 3, 2013

    Mumbai: An Air India cabin crew was detained by the London police for allegedly smuggling 50 cigarette crates. Though some members of the crew were released later Bhavik Shah, who admitted to his crime, was detained for eight hours. Later, Air India bailed him out by paying 5,000 pounds. Confirming the...
  • Delhi: Youth gets life term for murdering man over cigarette May 2, 2013

    New Delhi: A youth, who had murdered a man for failing to give him a cigarette, has been sentenced to rigorous life imprisonment by a Delhi court which said he has no value of a human being. Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau awarded the jail term to 25-year-old Rakesh for...
  • Mamata says 'smoke more' to help Saradha investors April 25, 2013

    Kolkata: As lakhs of investors affected by the chit fund scam demand refund, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to increase tax on cigarettes by 10 per cent to help them. She said smoking more won't harm, but help investors. "We have decided to increase the tax on...
  • Budget 2013: SUVs, cigarettes, eating out to cost more February 28, 2013

    New Delhi: Sports utility vehicles, imported cars and motorcycles, mobile phones, eating out at air-conditioned restaurants and cigarettes will become costlier with Finance Minister P Chidambaram deciding to impose higher taxes on these items. On the other hand, there is good news for ladies as far as jewellery is concerned...
  • Miscreants beat up teens after father refuses to give them free cigarettes February 25, 2013

    Medininagar: Three teenagers including a girl were beaten up by miscreants beat after their father refused to give them cigarettes at Patan in Palamu district, police said on Monday. The teenagers' father Amrika Paswan has shop which sells cigarette. On Sunday evening some miscreants came to the shop and demanded...
  • People who quit smoking at 40 reverse the damage, live longer: study January 28, 2013

    New Delhi: There is some good news and bad news for smokers. A new study published in the New England Medical Journal has found that if you smoke, you are likely to lose 10 years of life. But if you quit smoking at 40, you are likely to gain those...
  • Smoking can rot your brain, warns study November 26, 2012

    London: Smoking 'rots' the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to a new study. Researchers from the King's College London in brain tests and analysis of health and lifestyle data of a group of over-50s found that smoking affects the brain negatively even more than high blood pressure...
  • Gargling lemonade can help smokers quit the habit November 10, 2012

    London: For smokers willing to kick the butt, scientists have an unusual solution - gargling with a glass of lemonade. In a new study, scientists have found that the interaction of sugar (known as glucose) with the tongue boosts attention as well as energy and can improve self control. This...
  • Smoking scenes to be allowed in movies with warning September 4, 2012

    New Delhi: The Central Government has told the Supreme Court that by September 14, it will bring in a notification which will make a warning against smoking mandatory in movies. The government has said that at the beginning, interval and end of movies there will be a warning tag...
  • Over half the world's population consumes tobacco August 17, 2012

    New Delhi: A new Lancet study reveals that there are more smokers worldwide than previously thought and that the global tobacco burden may have been underestimated. In the light of these revelations, does India need tighten its anti-tobacco campaign? The new study says that over half the world's population consumes tobacco....
  • Plain packs for cigarettes, rules Australia High Court August 16, 2012

    Australia's HC upheld a controversial packaging plan for cigarettes, saying they must be less attractive and bear graphic health warnings. ...
  • I need to be stricter as a mother: Madonna July 9, 2012

    Los Angeles: Pop diva Madonna is not pleased with her 15-year-old daughter Lourdes after she was recently spotted smoking a cigarette. "I wasn't very happy. I am a tough mother but I don't think I'm as tough as I should be. I think I need to be tougher. It's hard...
  • Shankarpura: India's first tobacco-free village June 18, 2012

    Shankarpura: Welcome to India's perhaps only tobacco-free village - Shankarpura in Haryana, that comes as a breath of fresh air, quite literally. While elders puffing the traditional hookah, and discussing worldly issues has been a part of Haryana's socio-cultural milieu, the village of Shankarpura chose to break away from the...
  • Why women find it harder to quit smoking April 5, 2012

    Washington: It's known that women find it a bit harder to kick the butt than men. Now, a new study has found why - it's because their brains respond quite differently to nicotine than male smokers. When a person smokes, the number of nicotine receptors in the brain - which...
  • Russian model Era Tsariova all set for Bollywood April 2, 2012

    Mumbai: While cine-goers are still raving about the latest foreign import Maryam Zakaria, who set the screens ablaze in the recent Agent Vinod, there's another international hottie gearing up to woo the nation. International model Era Tsariova, who has taken the Russian modelling industry by storm, is making her way...
  • Notice to government on smoking scenes in films March 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court Friday issued notice to the health and family welfare ministry on film director Mahesh Bhatt's plea seeking quashing of a notification prohibiting smoking scenes in movies. Bhatt said that the government's notification of Sep 27, 2011 was 'illegal and arbitrary' and violated his fundamental rights. A...