SMOKING BAN

  • Smoking ban will save 200,000 lives a year: Medvedev April 25, 2013

    Moscow: Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has said new legislation banning smoking in public places could save up to 200,000 lives annually in the country. "I hope that it (antismoking law) will contribute to reducing this factor (smoking)," Medvedev said at the first session of the government's health protection committee. Russia...
  • I&B stays nosmoking rules by Health Ministry December 8, 2011

    New Delhi: The new regulations on onscreen smoking that were handed out ambitiously by the the Health Ministry have been stalled as the Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) has given in to the plea of the film makers, asking for their creative rights. The I&B Ministry has stayed the no smoking...
  • Ernakulam becomes the first nosmoking district October 22, 2011

    Kochi: Ernakulam is all set to become the first smokingfree tourist destination in the country. In the wake of the success of the antitobacco measures taken by the Ernakulam district administration, the Kochi Corporation and the district panchayat, steps have been taken to declare Ernakulam as the first smokingfree tourist...
  • Ban on smoking in films is unconstitutional: HC January 24, 2009

    New Delhi: Good news for Bollywood's filmmakers. On Friday, the Delhi High Court quashed the Centre's notification banning smoking on screen. This after filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt filed a reaction plea to the ban imposed by the Delhi High Court in October 2006. The ban was revoked as it violates the...
  • Delhi High Court quashes ban on smoking in films January 23, 2009

    New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday quashed the central government's notification banning smoking in films on grounds that it violates the fundamental rights of filmmakers. A single judge bench of Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul observed that banning smoking in films violated filmmakers' fundamental rights of freedom of expression and...
  • After tobacco, Ramadoss to crackdown on junk food January 6, 2009

    Bangalore: After banning smoking in public places and on screen, the Union Health and Family Welfare ministry is all set to make labelling of food products mandatory, informing consumers about ingredients, calories and saturated fat, in an apparent drive against junk food. "In a month's time, all...
  • Iconic characters can smoke on screen: Health Ministry October 20, 2008

    New Delhi: India's multibillion rupee film industry, which has been fuming over a ban on smoking scenes in films, now has a reason to smile. The Health Ministry is ready to allow the depiction of iconic characters with their favourite poison stick. So British statesman Winston Churchill and fictional detective Sherlock...
  • Smoking ban: Is it okay for the Govt to butt in? October 3, 2008

    Cigarette in my hand, I felt like a man. This notion is now going to change forever, because on October 2, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss enforced a complete ban on smoking in public places. Now one could end up getting fined for smoking in airports, railway stations, cinema halls and...
  • Ban on smoking: Are people ready to kick the butt? October 2, 2008

    New Delhi: The reception of the world's biggest smoking ban got on it's maiden day. Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss's Gandhigiri for a smoke free nation was to be imposed strictly from Thursday but we caught the diktat blowing in the wind quite literally. So are people taking the ban...
  • Watch: Public reacts on the smoking ban October 2, 2008

    No Smoking in Public says the government. But will the ban work? Is passive smoke really that injurious to your friends? Satyarth Nayak has the details. ...
  • Smoking ban leaves businessmen fuming October 2, 2008

    Hotels and restaurant owners are a worried lot: they will have to ensure a separate enclosure with the specifications if they want to allow their clients to smoke. ...
  • No smoking zones marked | UPA helps stub the butt October 1, 2008

    New Delhi: The Indian government has decided to stub the butt for you. Its plans got a boost from the Supreme Court refusing to stay the government's notification. The government is all set to impose a ban on smoking in public places from October 2. So beware, if you are caught lighting...
  • UPA hopes public will help in kicking the butt October 1, 2008

    New Delhi: It's been a long and smoky debate but the Union Health Minister has managed to emerge victorious. After getting a go ahead from the Supreme Court for a nationwide ban on public smoking staring from October 2, Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss is now gearing up to implement it....
  • Smoking in public places? Get ready to shell out Rs 200 September 9, 2008

    New Delhi: People caught smoking in public places after October 2 in public places will be slapped with a fine of Rs 200, Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss said on Tuesday. The announcement comes a week after he imposed a similar ban that private offices and other establishments can no longer...
  • Judges differ on smoking ban in films, case lingers February 7, 2008

    New Delhi: The muchdebated issue of banning smoking in cinema has left a Delhi High Court bench divided, forcing it to refer the matter to another court on Thursday. The division bench comprising of Justices Mukul Mudgal and Sanjiv Khanna was to pronounce the verdict on Thursday, but could not do...
  • Smoking corner in office to go up in smoke soon January 27, 2008

    Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss has said that by the end of May 2008, a smokefree workplace law would be implemented across India. Speaking exclusively to CNNIBN on Devils Advocate he said that any office or workplace whose employees are caught flouting this law would be fined heavily. He also asked...
  • Shisha bars defy smoking ban in UK April 14, 2007

    London: In a few months, it will be the end of smoke in pubs and other public places in Britain, as a ban on smoking in public places come into effect from July onwards. The news has spelled disaster for Londons shisha bars. Shisha smoking is part of exotic cuisine culture...