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  • No stay by High Court on ban of tobacco products in Delhi: Government April 16, 2015

    New Delhi: The Delhi government on Thursday said that the High Court has not put an stay on the notification banning manufacturing, storage, distribution or sale of tobacco products in the national capital. According to Delhi government's Food and Safety Department, the High Court has only restrained the department not to...
  • Let's Talk Health: Experts talk about cancer and its treatment April 12, 2015

    In this episode of 'Let's Talk Health', health experts discuss how tobacco use causes cancer and it's treatment. 'Let's Talk Health' is a show by CNN-IBN in which each episode talks about how to beat the disease in question with the right diet and exercise, and also demonstrates how relevant...
  • After PM's intervention, Parliamentary panel to rethink on increasing pictorial warning on tobacco products April 6, 2015

    New Delhi: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi intervened on the issue of conflict of interest on increasing pictorial warning on tobacco products, the Parliamentary panel will be meeting on Monday afternoon to rethink on the issue. On Sunday, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu had summoned Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shyama...
  • BJP MP SC Gupta rejects reports of being summoned, says hasn't received any order April 5, 2015

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party MP Shyama Charan Gupta on Sunday rejected reports of being summoned by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu on the issue of conflict of interest in the Parliamentary panel on increasing pictorial warning on tobacco products. The Allahabad MP said, "I have not received any order to...
  • Will take final call on tobacco pictorial warning after parliamentary panel report: Health Minister April 4, 2015

    Health Minister JP Nadda on Saturday said that he will request the parliamentary panel to expedite their review after the Prime Minister Narendra Modi backed larger pictorial warnings on cigarette packets. ...
  • How will PM Modi tackle tobacco lobby? April 3, 2015

    Former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss has spoken out on the row over pictorial warnings on tobacco products. In an interview to CNN-IBN, Ramadoss said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must step in over the issue. CNN-IBN takes calls from across the country and asks how PM Modi will tackle tobacco...
  • Former health minister slams delay in introducing pictorial warnings on tobacco products April 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Former health minister Anbumani Ramadoss has spoken out on the row over pictorial warnings on tobacco products. Ramadoss said when he was health minister he had introduced 40 per cent pictorial warnings despite stiff opposition from power leaders including four chief ministers. Ramadoss said there is a perception that...
  • BJP MP against increasing pictorial warning on tobacco products, says beedis less harmful than sugar April 2, 2015

    New Delhi: After Bharatiya Janata Party MP Dilip Kumar Gandhi sparked a row for expressing apprehension over government's plan for larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products, a party MP backed his position. BJP MP Shyama Charan Gupta said the pictoral warnings should remain at 40 per cent and the demand...
  • Cartoon of the day: Centre holds its plan to increase size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products March 31, 2015

    The Health Ministry has put on hold its plan to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products. The Ministry was planning to increase the size of the warnings from 40 per cent to 85 per cent. ...
  • Health Ministry holds its plan to increase size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products March 31, 2015

    The Health Ministry has put on hold its plan to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products. The Ministry was planning to increase the size of the warnings from 40 per cent to 85 per cent. A 15-member Parliamentary Committee said it was necessary to consult and take...
  • Is government buckling under tobacco lobby? March 31, 2015

    The Health Ministry has put on hold its plan to increase the size of pictorial warnings on tobacco products. The Ministry was planning to increase the size of the warnings from 40 per cent to 85 per cent. CNN-IBN takes calls from across the country and asks whether the tobacco...
  • All forms of chewable tobacco banned in Delhi from Monday March 30, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi government on Monday effected a ban on sale, purchase, storage and manufacturing of all forms of chewable tobacco including 'guktha' and pan masala containing tobacco. Simultaneously, it has also decided to run campaigns on a large scale to educate the masses about the ban and harmful effect...
  • India needs comprehensive tax policy for curbing tobacco use: WHO March 22, 2015

    Kolkata: India needs to draft a comprehensive tax policy for all tobacco products if it wants to cut down the easy access to the plethora of low-cost and locally produced tobacco products available in the country, World Health Organisation (WHO) has suggested. Describing the availability and affordability of low-cost and...
  • 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...
  • Centre for raising age of person buying tobacco products to 21 years January 13, 2015

    New Delhi: Brushing aside opposition, the government on Tuesday moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18. It has also proposed raising of fine to...
  • Sale of loose tobacco items banned in Punjab January 6, 2015

    Chandigarh: Punjab government on Tuesday said that it has completely banned the sale of loose cigarettes and other tobacco items as they do not bear the statutory pictorial health warning message. An official spokesperson of the government said all the deputy commissioners have been directed to ensure strict implementation of...
  • 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. ...
  • 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,...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • 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,...
  • 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....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • New pictorial warnings missing from tobacco products April 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Even though the governmentapproved 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...