1 day ago
Increase taxes on tobacco to deter youngsters: NGO

Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) In order to deter youngsters from taking to tobacco, an NGO Saturday urged the West Bengal and central government to increase tobacco taxes to 65 percent. On the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Saturday, NGO MANT appealed to the state government to implement the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 (COTPA) in letter and spirit. High tobacco prices a...

1 day ago
Increase prices of tobacco products, say activists

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 (IANS) Balan, 53, a casual labourer has been suffering from oral cancer for the past seven years and had to sell his house to pay for treatment. On World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Saturday, he pleaded all users to quit using tobacco products. I have lost my house as I had to raise money for my treatment, said the father of three daughters. The only way to conta...

2 days ago
Exercise to quit tobacco: Fitness expert

Kolkata, May 31 (IANS) If you are looking to ditch tobacco, make sure you include at least 15-20 minutes of physical exercise each day to maintain unwavering focus on quitting, a fitness expert said Saturday on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. According to WHO estimates, tobacco use kills someone every six seconds, while nearly six million people die from tobacco-related illness each y...

2 days ago
Say no to tobacco for healthier India: Modi

New Delhi, May 31 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday called for spreading awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption and also to lay the foundation of a healthier India by saying no to it on World No Tobacco Day. On World No Tobacco Day, lets pledge to spread awareness on the risks of tobacco consumption and work to reduce tobacco consumption in India, Modi said in a tweet. ...

10 days ago
Week-long activities to mark World No Tobacco Day

Thiruvananthapuram, May 22 (IANS) Tobacco control programmes aimed at the vulnerable sections of society will be the highlights of the state-level activities to mark World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) May 31. The theme of this year's WNTD is 'Raise tobacco taxes, reduce consumption and save lives'. Week-long activities beginning Sunday have been planned to spell out the harms of tobacco - a...

11 days ago
Hike tobacco taxes in Southeast Asia: WHO

Manila, May 22 (IANS) The World Health Organisation - Western Pacific Regional Office (WHO-WPRO) and the Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance (SEATCA) Thursday called for increasing taxes on tobacco products to discourage smoking in southeast Asia. We know that restructuring tobacco prices and taxes would significantly reduce tobacco consumption and prevent unnecessary suffering and deat...

1 year ago
Kerala to ban tobacco products' ads

Thiruvananthapuram, May 31 - Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy Friday announced that advertisements of tobacco products would be banned across the state. The government will take all legal measures to reduce tobacco consumption, such as banning advertisements and increasing taxes. Tax on cigarettes has been raised from 15 to 20 percent in the state budget. This was done to bring down cons...

1 year ago
Bejon Misra bags World No Tobacco Day award

New Delhi, May 31 - Bejon Misra, founder of Consumer Online Foundation, has been conferred with the World No Tobacco Day award for 2013 for his anti-tobacco campaign. Every year, the World Health Organisation recognises individuals or organisations for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control through this award. Misra termed the award as a victory for his voluntary organ...

1 year ago
Anti-cancer drive launched in Bengal

Kolkata, May 31 - To prevent the rising incidences of oral cancer among the youth of West Bengal, an anti-smoking campaign was launched here on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day Friday. In the last five years, oral cancer cases have increased from five to 14 percent among the youth here. We have organised a rally to spread awareness about the disease among them, Asish Mukherjee, director...

1 year ago
First puff of smoke: Age of onset falling

New Delhi, May 30 - Vulnerable and curious youngsters make for a soft target for tobacco companies who glamourise their product, said experts as the age of onset of experiment with cigarettes or other form of tobacco worryingly fell to a startling 11-12 years. WHO's theme for the World No Tobacco Day this year on strengthening laws that ban promotion of such products has been welcomed by ex...

1 year ago
Psychological intervention can help quit smoking

New Delhi, May 29 - Psychological intervention such as behavioural therapy, telephone support and self-help materials are effective in helping smokers to kick the butt, psychiatrists said here Wednesday. On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Sunil Mittal, leading psychiatrist and director of Cosmos Institute of Mental Health and Behavioural Science - here, said that the effectiveness of psych...

1 year ago
Ban tobacco advertising, says WHO

Geneva, May 29 - The World Health Organisation - Wednesday called on nations to ban all forms of tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to help reduce the number of tobacco users and keep young people from becoming addicted. As the May 31 World No Tobacco Day approaches, Douglas Bettcher, director of the WHO's Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases Department, said most tobacco user...

2 years ago
WHO lauds China's smoking curbs

Beijing, May 31 - The World Health Organization - Thursday praised China for its efforts to raise awareness on health risks caused by cigarette smoking. This year marks a milestone in history, as China's health ministry released its first official publication on the harms of smoking, the UN agency said in a statement on World No Tobacco Day Thursday. The health ministry Wednesday iss...

2 years ago
Don't accuse films for promoting smoking, urges Vivek

Mumbai, May 31 - On World No Tobacco Day Thursday, Actor Vivek Oberoi has urged people to stop accusing Bollywood for popularising smoking as he feels that films are a mirror to society and not vice-versa. What all will you stop? Rape scenes, terrorism in films? Then let's make cartoons. It's very difficult. I think it's asking to strangle creativity. Because as you said, films are a mirror...

2 years ago
Dubai bans tobacco sale on World No Tobacco Day

Dubai, May 30 - Dubai Municipality has banned sale of tobacco products for 24 hours in the entire emirate to observe the World No Tobacco Day Thursday. The ban was announced by Redha Salaman, director of Public Health and Safety Department at Dubai Municipality Wednesday. World No Tobacco Day is observed around the world every year May 31 and meant to encourage a 24-hour period of ab...

3 years ago
Salman gets fine notice for smoking in public

Patiala -, May 31 - Bollywood star Salman Khan, who is in this Punjab town for shooting his film 'Bodyguard', landed in trouble Tuesday with the local administration penalising him for smoking in public place at a hotel. Taking cognizance of his photograph published in a daily, the Patiala district administration issued a notice - to Salman Khan late Tuesday, which was coincidentally observ...

3 years ago
Tobacco kills 55,000 people in Spain every year

Madrid, May 31 - Around 55,000 people die every year in Spain from tobacco-related diseases, said an official report Tuesday on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. The report stated that the only positive news was that since the government brought in a new anti-tobacco law in January this year, around 400,000 Spaniards have stopped smoking, Xinhua said. The new law prohibits smokin...

3 years ago
What's Bipasha's new obsession?

New Delhi, May 31 - Bollywood actress Bipasha Basu loves experimenting with her looks -- and now she has found her latest obsession in hats and red lipsticks! 'Hats and red lipstick are my new obsessions fr summer look! -,' Bipasha posted on micro-blogging site Twitter. The 32-year-old, who recently admitted that she has parted ways with long-time beau, John Abraham, is now back in I...

3 years ago
Mumbai cabbies say no to tobacco

Mumbai, May 31 - More than 50,000 taxi drivers here lent their support to the 'Smoke Free Mumbai' campaign on World No Tobacco Day Tuesday and pledged to ensure that neither they nor their passengers would smoke in cabs. 'Mumbai now joins several cities in the world like New York that protect the health of their taxi drivers and of passengers, especially children who are in no position to o...

3 years ago
China should use state monopoly for tobacco control:WHO

Beijing, May 31 - China can use its state monopoly to prevent its tobacco industry from interference in tobacco control policy in a country where over a million people die of smoking-related illnesses annually, said a World Health Organisation - official. 'China's tobacco industry is 100 percent state-owned. And this offers a tremendous opportunity for the government to bring it under contr...

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