1 day ago
Neetu Chandra urges people to say no to tobacco

Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) On World No Tobacco Day on Thursday, actress Neetu Chandra took a stand against tobacco consumption, saying she doesn't find smoking cool. Neetu, the brand ambassador of the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) India, also attended an event organised here for the welfare of the cancer patients. Actor-singer Farhan Akhtar also held a live show at the Rangsharda Aud...

2 days ago
Tobacco use still major cause of death: WHO

Geneva, May 31 (IANS) Tobacco use still remains a major cause of death despite a significant decline of its use globally since the beginning of the 21st century, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Marking the World No Tobacco Day, the WHO in a new report revealed that tobacco kills over 7 million people each year, although the worldwide prevalence of tobacco smoking ha...

2 days ago
Most of 2,700 smokers to die in next 24 hours tried to quit: Experts

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Most of the 2,700-odd people who will die in the next 24 hours in India due to cancer caused by smoking and other tobacco products tried to quit but failed and were living their last days with a feeling of being powerless over their habit. As we celebrate the World No Tobacco Day on May 31, and cigarettes and other tobacco products keep getting produced and sold,...

4 days ago
Anupam Kher hopes to create awareness on relevant social issues

Mumbai, May 28 (IANS) Actor Anupam Kher says it is very important to reach out to people and create awareness on relevant social issues. It is important to reach out to people and create awareness on socially relevant causes. In my career across 34 years, I have supported various campaigns, Anupam said in a statement to IANS. The actor has been recently invited as the chief guest...

1 year ago
Amitabh urges all to quit smoking

Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) Megastar Amitabh Bachchan has urged his fans to quit smoking. Amitabh on Tuesday night tweeted: World No Tobacco Day May 31, 2017, 'Tobacco - a threat to development.' I left smoking almost 35 years ago! Will you? The 74-year-old icon also wrote on his blog that smoking was injurious to health. Quit the habit of smoking, it is injurious to health. A...

1 year ago
Soon, tobacco de-addiction centres in state-run hospitals: Minister

Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Maharashtra's Health Minister Deepak Sawant on Tuesday said that de-addiction centres will be set up in all the government-run hospitals in the state. He also sought proposals from the hospitals on the issue. Speaking on the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Sawant said: Government is ready to join hands with pioneer private Institutes like Asian Cancer Institute...

1 year ago
Ghana to commemorate World No Tobacco Day

Accra, May 26 (IANS/MAP) Ghana will join the rest of the world to commemorate World No Tobacco Day on May 31 under the Theme Tobacco, A Threat to Development. A statement by Kyei-Faried S., Deputy Director and Head of Disease Control and Prevention Department of Ghana, said the day is commemorated to raise awareness on the harmful effects of tobacco use. The theme seeks to draw ...

1 year ago
Kerala local bodies to play role in tobacco control

Thiruvananthapuram, Sep 2 (IANS) Local bodies in Kerala are set to join hands in the fight against tobacco following the inclusion of tobacco control as a regular agenda item in the monthly District Development Council meetings chaired by district collectors. This new turn came when representatives of 200 selected local bodies from all the 14 districts of the state agreed at an orientati...

1 year ago
Not doing 'Ram Lakhan' remake, says Rohit Shetty

Mumbai, June 12 (IANS) Director Rohit Shetty has shared that he is not doing the remake of the popular 1989 film Ram Lakhan, which he was planning with Karan Johar. But Shetty is planning some other project with the My Name Is Khan director. Shetty, who was present at a World No Tobacco Day event for the Cancer Patients Aid Association on Saturday, was asked about his next project as the...

1 year ago
Censor board can't suggest cuts without objection letter: Rohit

Mumbai, June 11 (IANS) Director Rohit Shetty says that the Censor Board has no right to suggest the makers of Udta Punjab remove Punjab and other words from the film, unless any political party or organisation sends a letter to them conveying their objections. Rohit said, It's become a lot, the problem with 'Udta Punjab'. For some things I feel that there was no need at all - like removi...

2 years ago
Over 20 per cent Mumbai youth start smoking by 20

Mumbai, May 31 (IANS) Over 20 per cent of the youth in Mumbai start smoking by the age of 20 years while 65 per cent pick up the habit in the later part of their graduation and post graduation, said a survey. According to the survey, 23 per cent of the students picked up smoking, considering it a means of enjoyment while 59 per cent smoked just to show off. It is just to receive ...

2 years ago
Plain packaging pivotal for tobacco products: WHO

Geneva, May 31 (IANS) As World No Tobacco Day is marked on Tuesday, the World Health Organization (WHO) highlighted the benefits of introducing plain packaging on tobacco products, a measure which saves lives by reducing consumer demand. Plain packaging reduces the attractiveness of tobacco products. It kills the glamour, which is appropriate for a product that kills people, said WHO Dir...

2 years ago
Tobacco farmers, retailers demand roll-back of pictorial warnings

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Over 300 tobacco farmers and retailers held a protest here on Tuesday demanding roll-back of the 85 per cent pictorial warnings on packets of tobacco products, saying it was The protesters said the increase in pictorial warnings on tobacco packets was helping foreign tobacco brands in India, which do not carry any pictorial warnings. Hostile packaging pol...

2 years ago
Plain packaging will boost illegal cigarette trade, says TTI

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Plain Packaging of tobacco products, if adopted in India, will destroy the legal cigarette industry and boost illegal trade, which has anyway increased since the implementation of pictorial warnings covering 85 percent of pack surface, the Tobacco Institute of India (TII) said on Monday. The government has implemented 85 percent pictorial warnings in India. These...

2 years ago
Prevent youths from sliding into tobacco use: health minister

New Delhi, May 30 (IANS) Union Health Minister J.P. Nadda on Monday urged health workers to focus their efforts on preventing people from starting on the use of tobacco whose ill effects are still not widely known. Stake-holders are doing well in the tobacco control programmes but they need to focus more on the preventive part, said Nadda here at an event to mark the World No Tobacco Day...

2 years ago
Every cigarette rots you, inside out

Gory pictures on cigarette packets depicting the dangers of smoking have helped people kick the butt. But despite all the images of the diseased lungs and heart, the number of girls taking to the habit of smoking is on the rise. One of the prime responsibilities and a large opportunity in public health in the 21st century is to prevent the increase in smoking among women. In what could s...

2 years ago
'Government should make Amitabh face of tobacco control campaign'

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research Centre (RGCIRC) has urged the government to appoint prominent people, including Amitabh Bachchan among others, as brand ambassadors for the better impact of its tobacco control programmes. The organisation -- one of the best cancer treatment centres in Asia -- questioned the government whether the high revenue generated ...

2 years ago
Shilpa Rao bats for anti-tobacco cause

New Delhi, May 26 (IANS) As people are set to observe World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Khuda jaane fame singer Shilpa Rao says she strongly feels for the cause, and believes in leading a healthy life. Be it for cancer patients or flood affected people of Assam, Rao has been part of a number of fund raising events. Asked how important it is for her to be associated with such cause...

3 years ago
Expert recommends measures to address tobacco menace

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) A cancer specialist at a premier cancer hospital here on Sunday recommended a series of measures to collectively address the menace of growing use of tobacco. In an advisory on World No Tobacco Day on Sunday, A.K. Dewan, the medical director of the Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute & Research Centre (RGCI&RC) here, said the government should take steps to ens...

3 years ago
Reduce menace of tobacco consumption: Modi

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said World No Tobacco Day was a day to reaffirm our commitment to reduce the menace of tobacco consumption. World No Tobacco Day reminds us of the harms associated with tobacco consumption and a day to reaffirm our commitment to reduce this menace, he said in a tweet. The prime minister added that the World Health Or...

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