Tobacco

  • Jaitley's 'healthy measures' in Budget 2014: Cigarettes, gutka, aerated drinks get costlier 10-07-2014 01:35 PM

    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...
  • Health Minister asks CMs to consider raising VAT on tobacco products to 50 pc 05-07-2014 06:59 PM

    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...
  • World drug day: Saving our children from tobacco 26-06-2014 07:53 AM

    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 20-06-2014 06:43 PM

    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...
  • Trying to quit smoking? On World No Tobacco Day, here are 10 tips from people who have successfully quit the habit 31-05-2014 01:56 PM

    '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 30-05-2014 04:44 PM

    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 04-02-2014 06:19 PM

    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...
  • Punjab government draws criticism for lowering VAT on tobacco products 27-01-2014 06:11 PM

    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...
  • RGV condemns anti-tobacco ads, questions logic behind it 06-11-2013 02:50 PM

    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...
  • Bihar keeps tobacco out of tax net 16-10-2013 08:20 PM

    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...
  • In Punjab, 17,000 booked for smoking in public 09-10-2013 07:04 PM

    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...
  • Youth involvement critical to success of any movement: Gul Panag 13-09-2013 01:46 PM

    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...
  • India committed to tobacco free society: Manmohan Singh 11-09-2013 05:26 PM

    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...
  • News briefs: HCL to install ATMs for payment of electricity bills 29-07-2013 11:17 PM

    The frequent experiments with thebillingprocess 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...
  • Delhi shops flout Supreme Court ban on tobacco ads 02-07-2013 05:23 AM

    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...
  • World No Tobacco Day: Have gutka bans, increase in taxes worked? 31-05-2013 10:03 AM

    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 31-05-2013 08:25 AM

    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...
  • Smoking ban will save 200,000 lives a year: Medvedev 25-04-2013 05:12 AM

    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....
  • SC questions states on delay in pan masala ban 04-04-2013 03:48 AM

    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...
  • CJ Awards: CJ Navin on how harmful tobacco can be 18-02-2013 05:37 PM

    CJ Navin Khanna on how harmful tobacco can be and why the warnings about the sufferings shouldn't be taken lightly. ...
  • Kerala CM asks PM to impose country-wide ban on gutkha 03-12-2012 11:53 AM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting for a country-wide ban on gutkha. Chandy has requested the Prime Minister to "ban gutkha products containing tobacco and nicotine in all the states of the country". "By doing so, India will not only be able...
  • 100 mn deaths due to smoking in last 100 years in India 12-11-2012 06:57 AM

    New Delhi: A new study has estimated that 100 million people have died due to smoking in India over the last 100 years, and the worst apparently is yet to come. Nearly 4.52 trillion cigarettes and 40.3 trillion beedis have been produced in 100 years, between 1910 and 2010 in...
  • Bihar: 20 million students pledge not to use tobacco 08-11-2012 10:53 AM

    Patna: About 20 million school students in Bihar on Wednesday took a pledge that they would never consume tobacco or related products, and would encourage their family and friends to do the same, an official said. "Over 20 million students of around 2.2 lakh government and private schools vowed that...
  • Keralites spend 9 per cent of income on tobacco 12-10-2012 05:06 PM

    Thiruvananthapuram: Smokers in Kerala spend nearly nine per cent of their income on smoking, a survey by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) has revealed. Chief Minister Oommen Chandy recently released the report to Paul Sebastian, director, Regional Cancer Centre and vice chairman of Tobacco Free Kerala. The GAT Survey,...