Tobacco

  • 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 CNN-IBN. ...
  • 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 anti-tobacco website and kicked off a campaign showcasing the plight of a cancer victim on Thursday. In his letter,...
  • Amitabh Bachchan open to supporting anti-tobacco 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 anti-tobacco 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, Secretary-General 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 tobacco-made 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! 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...
  • Mumbai: HC notice to Centre, CBFC on anti-smoking 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 anti-smoking 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 anti-tobacco ads, questions logic behind it November 6, 2013

    Mumbai: Ram Gopal Varma has never been one to zip his lips on controversial matters. Now anti-smoking and anti-tobacco 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...
  • Bihar keeps tobacco out of tax net October 16, 2013

    Patna: The Bihar government Tuesday decided to keep raw chewing tobacco out of the tax net to help farmers who grow tobacco in the state. The decision to keep tobacco free from tax was taken at a state cabinet meeting presided over by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Recently, a delegation of tobacco...
  • 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...
  • Youth involvement critical to success of any movement: Gul Panag September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Gul Panag has launched an anti-tobacco campaign - No more tobacco in 21st Century - and urged youth to wholeheartedly participate in the cause to make it a success. She launched the campaign Sep 10 on the first day of the International Conference on Public Health Priorities in the...
  • India committed to tobacco free society: Manmohan Singh September 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Wednesday said India is committed to a tobacco free society and emphasised on providing alternative livelihoods to those engaged in tobacco farming or manufacture. The prime minister said India recently banned the sale of gutkha, a widely consumed form of chewing tobacco. "India is firmly committed...
  • News briefs: HCL to install ATMs for payment of electricity bills July 29, 2013

    The frequent experiments with the billing process in the city have not only left the discom officials sweating but have also made the consumers suffer. After the experiments of on-the-spot billing in 2011-2012 and taking photos of meter reading by mobile phone in 2012, the recent experiment to print photo of meters on...
  • Delhi shops flout Supreme Court ban on tobacco ads July 2, 2013

    New Delhi: Delhi has not adhered to the Supreme Court ban on shops displaying tobacco advertisements, said a survey released on Monday. The survey by the Voluntary Health Association of India (VHAI) was carried out on 55 retail outlets in Delhi. "Tobacco retail shops are still displaying tobacco advertisements despite the...
  • World No Tobacco Day: Have gutka bans, increase in taxes worked? May 31, 2013

    Mumbai: It's World No Tobacco Day on Friday and CNN-IBN finds out if the government's recent moves to curb health hazards has worked or not. Tobacco is addictive, causes cancer and is killing nearly 8 lakh Indians every year. What's more alarming is that a tenth of all cigarette smokers...
  • World No Tobacco Day 2013: 10 ads that can make smokers quit May 31, 2013

    May 31 every year is observed as the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD). The aim of the day is to spread awareness about the ills of tobacco consumption and also to encourage a day of abstinence from all forms of tobacco consumption. Advertising is one of the most powerful modes of...
  • 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 (anti-smoking law) will contribute to reducing this factor (smoking)," Medvedev said at the first session of the government's health protection committee. Russia...
  • SC questions states on delay in pan masala ban April 4, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed 23 states and five union territories to file status report on the implementation of the notification issued by them banning the sale of gutka and pan masala containing tobacco or nicotine. The apex court bench of Justice GS Singhvi an Justice Kurien Joseph...
  • Gutka ban implementation: SC seeks report from states, UTs April 3, 2013

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday directed Health Secretaries of the states and Union Territories (UTs) to file compliance report on implementation of ban on sale and manufacture of gutka and pan masala containing tobacco. A bench headed by Justice GS Singhvi asked the Health Secretaries of 23 States and...
  • 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...
  • Saif shoots anti-tobacco video for 'Go Goa Gone' April 1, 2013

    New Delhi: Saif Ali Khan has shot a special video to spread awareness about ills of tobacco that will play in the beginning of his upcoming movie 'Go Goa Gone' where he is seen as a cigar smoking zombie killer. Saif, who plays the role of a Russian mafia lord, 'Boris'...
  • Go Goa Gone: Anti-tobacco NGO objects to posters of Saif's film March 29, 2013

    Panaji: Actor-producer Saif Ali Khan has earned the ire of an anti-tobacco watchdog with the posters of his upcoming film 'Go Goa Gone' where he is seen smoking a cigar. National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE) has asked Khan, who is acting in the film as well as producing it, to...