The recent Koffee with Karan episode had one interesting moment when the host asked Aamir Khan’s wife Kiran Rao about the efficacy of anti-tobacco ads showed before and during movies. Mrs Aamir Khan replied that the she didn’t know a single person who had quit because of the ads. Now these ads have been widely criticised by the filming fraternity for some time. People from the industry …
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Stressing the need for effective implementation of laws on banning advertisements of all tobacco products, cancer experts in Kolkata on Thursday pointed to the dearth of cessation services in the country. Such centres, according to specialist Soma Roy Chowdhury, help addicts to shun the habit through tailor-made programmes and also sustain their restraint. 'The quitting centres are basically …
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 A group of global health experts and economists on Tuesday called for increased investment in health research and development of vaccines and drugs to combat killer diseases and suggested that alcohol and sugar could be taxed more. 'Health disparities between nations could be eliminated within a generation' if around $60 billion a year was injected into healthcare systems, 25 leading health …
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Experts on Saturday evolved new strategies and recommendations to curb the rising threat of cancer and these would now be submitted to the health and family welfare ministry. The key recommendations include reducing tobacco consumption and production, reserving a part of taxes from tobacco industry for cancer research and strict enforcement of a law to bring down easy availability of tobacco …
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Thirty-five per cent of Indians still use tobacco despite growing awareness and ban on tobacco product advertisement, said a tobacco control policy report released on Friday. The report also highlighted the need for stronger tobacco control policies and a change in the current prices of tobacco products in India to create social environments that are supportive of quitting. (Read: War on …
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Every time we go to the movie hall we’re inundated with two advertisements - one about ‘Mukesh', the youth who got cancer after chewing tobacco. And 'Sponge' – a descriptive video which explains using pictures the dangers of smoking. The anti-tobacco health spots and disclaimers are being provided by the health ministry as per the ‘Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of …
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The government should focus on enforcing laws that curb tobacco use in order to check the spread of cancer, a medical expert said. ‘There have been efforts to ban tobacco, but we need to understand that we are also fighting a large tobacco lobby,’ Sharmila Pimple, professor at Department of Preventive Oncology, Tata Memorial Hospital said at a special session of the Indian Cancer Congress …
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The use of smokeless tobacco is on the rise in India, especially among women, since it does not have the stigma of smoking attached to it, a release said in New Delhi on Tuesday. As more and more women chew gutka,  khaini and zarda, serious health problems like cancer of the mouth and neck and still births are increasing at a rapid pace, according to a factsheet released by the World Lung …
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Over a third of all cancers are related to the use of tobacco. Tobacco-related cancers constitute a major proportion of the so-called ‘preventable cancers’— cancers related to dietary habits and lifestyle. Both epidemiological and experimental studies have clearly shown that chronic exposure to tobacco in any form induces changes in the cells that lead to the development of cancer. …
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Revised textbooks of class 1 to 12 in schools will have lessons about the evils of tobacco to create awareness among children, said a Kerala education department official on Wednesday. A. Shajahan, secretary of general education also said that directions have been issued to all schools to ban sale of tobacco products in and around school premises. He was speaking on the implementation of …
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You may know by now the ill effects of tobacco. It has been notoriously linked to heart and lung disease, and cancer. But did you know that it can cause gum disease too? In fact, tobacco use is one of the biggest risks for gum disease. Gum disease occurs more often and is more severe in smokers The body’s ability to fight infection is decreased due to suppression of immune system by tobacco, …
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Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy on Thursday said advertising of tobacco products would soon be banned in the state in keeping with Section 5 of the Indian Tobacco Control Act, 2003. Speaking to IANS, Chandy said he had not yet heard of the directive that was reportedly sent by the union health secretary to all chief secretaries in the states, seeking implementation of Section 5 of the …
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The government on Tuesday pitched for a ban on all forms of chewing tobacco, gutka or supari laced with nicotine, saying these products fell under the prohibition prescribed under the food safety provisions. 'Gutka by its definition is a food added with nicotine and flavours' that is prohibited under the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on sales) Regulations, 2011, …
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Nearly half of those diagnosed with cancer eventually succumb to it. Though cure rates in childhood leukaemia, lymphomas and breast cancer have dramatically improved, the overall survival in many other cancers has not changed significantly in recent times. For those dying of cancer, the final outcome is seldom quick and painless. Terminal cancer is a slow and painful process which can challenge …
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