15 days 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...

15 days 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...

19 days 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 ...

9 months 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...

1 year 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 ...

1 year 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...

1 year 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...

1 year 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...

1 year 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...

1 year 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...

1 year 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 ...

1 year 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...

2 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...

2 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...

2 years ago
Sale of 'illegal cigarettes' surging in India: Report

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The high and discriminatory central and state taxes on cigarettes have negatively impacted their sales but have also resulted in India emerging as the fifth largest illegal cigarette market in the world, a report said on Friday. In the report, published ahead of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, the Tobacco Institute of India observed that the escalating excise dut...

2 years ago
Smuggling of tobacco persists despite efforts: WHO

New Delhi, May 29 (IANS) The World Health Organisation (WHO) on Friday said the smuggling of tobacco in southeast Asia was thriving despite stringent laws enacted by countries to control tobacco consumption. WHO's southeast Asia director Poonam Khetrapal said: In the southeast Asia region, many countries have porous borders that provide easy opportunity for the smuggling of tobacco produ...

2 years ago
Punjab gets WHO award for campaign against tobacco

Chandigarh, May 27 (IANS) The World Health Organization (WHO) on Wednesday announced it was honouring Punjab for its exemplary campaign against tobacco, an official said. The WHO lauded the state's efforts for taking measures to curb the usage of tobacco in any form and launching a sustained campaign to educate the masses besides taking punitive measures to punish offenders, a statement ...

3 years 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...

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