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Post tax hike on cigarettes, tougher anti-tobacco law in the offing
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi-led NDA government has virtually declared war on tobacco. After raising taxes on cigarettes and calling for a countrywide ban on sale of tobacco products, the Centre is now planning to introduce tougher provisions under law to curb tobacco consumption in the country.

From banning branding on cigarette packets to raising the age limit on tobacco consumption to 25 years from 18, to substantively increasing penalties for smoking in public, the Union Health Ministry is considering a host of amendments to the anti-tobacco law.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan constituted a committee of experts headed by Delhi government's former principal secretary, health, Ramesh Chandra, last month to review and suggest changes to the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act 2003 (COTPA), and it is expected to submit its report by the end of this month.

"The idea is to make our law more compliant with WHO's Framework Convention on Tobacco Control or FCTC," said a top ministry official, who did not wish to be identified. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) is a treaty which lays down a set of universal standards to limit the use of tobacco worldwide. India ratified the FCTC in 2004, a year after passing its own anti-tobacco legislation.

"We have asked the experts to broadly look at the feasibility of raising the age limit for tobacco consumption to 25 years from 18, banning advertisement at the point of sale, and plain packaging of cigarette packs, among other things, and also review the best practices around the world to reduce tobacco consumption," the official added.
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E-cigarettes may be as addictive for nicotine content
Mumbai July 22, 2014: The rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, popularly called e-cigarettes, is the latest concern among public health experts. E-cigarettes are battery-operated contraptions that look like cigarettes and produce vapor instead of smoke. They were introduced over four years ago as a method to help smokers quit the habit but the latest medical research shows they may just be as addictive as normal cigarettes due to the nicotine content. Maharashtra is among the few states, along with Punjab, to have banned e-cigarettes, but the product is reportedly freely available on the internet. Doctors say Mumbai's youth, too, are increasingly taking to e-cigarettes. "Tobacco companies are behind the manufacture of e-cigarettes. read more...
 
Union Budget 2014-15: Healthcare industry hails budget, welcomes cigarette excise
New Delhi July 11, 2014: Stakeholders of the healthcare sector Thursday hailed the union budget for its stress on quality healthcare and increase in the excise duty on tobacco and tobacco products. ‘Provisions in this year’s budget for healthcare are indicative of the focus on ensuring that quality healthcare reaches every level of the demographic pyramid,’ said Amit Mookim, partner and head of healthcare practice of KPMG. ‘Provisions like AIIMS in all states, 12 more medical colleges and 15 Model Rural Health Research Centres also aim to address the infrastructure deficit and bridge the rural-urban disparity,’ he said. However, Mookim said the healthcare sector should have been provided with an industry status with incentives for domestic manufacturing of medical devices and consumables. read more...
E-cigarettes set to be banned in India soon
New Delhi: E-cigarettes (electronic nicotine delivery systems-ENDS), the new fad among tobacco users, are all set to be banned in India. Recognising its adverse effects on health, the Union health ministry has decided to ban these “nicotine inhalers” through proper legislation soon. During a recent meeting attended by scientists, health experts, customs officials and the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI), it was decided to put a restriction on these “battery operated products” that are designed to deliver nicotine. An e-cigarette is also known as an e-vaping device, a personal vaporiser that contains a heating element which vaporises liquid nicotine or a flavoured liquid. The e-liquids used in e-cigarettes are available in different flavours like pink bubble gum, menthol, peach, watermelon. The e-cigarettes are unlicensed product that made its way to India illegally recently read more...
 
Campaign to make schools and colleges free of tobacco
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Dr Harshvardhan asks states to levy a minimum of 50% tax on tobacco
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World No Tobacco Day 2014 Events at National Level read more...
Hon’ble Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare leading the World No Tobacco Day Youth Rally Organised by VHAI read more...
Political parties ignore tobacco control in Election Manifestos read more...
New tactics by ITC to lure tobacco addicts read more...
New Report Details How Philip Morris International’s "Be Marlboro" Campaign Uses Images and Themes that Appeal to Youth read more...
Bombay High Court issues Order on Sec 6 of COTPA read more...
Assam first state to ban smokeless tobacco read more...
Health Ministry initiates steps to curb point of sale advertising of tobacco products at airports read more...
 
 
   
 
 
World No Tobacco Day 2014 - State level consultations
To observe World No Tobacco Day at state level on the global theme for 2014, WHO-India in collaboration with Voluntary Health Association of India through its partners in Assam, Odisha & Uttar Pradesh organized half day consultations on “Raise Taxes on Tobacco” in June 2014.

The consultations brought together stakeholders from various ministries – Health, Finance, Revenue & experts from media, civil society, academia and others to discuss challenges and opportunities in the implementation of raising taxes. During the consultations, the Health Cost Study & State Fact-Sheets jointly published by Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, World Health Organization and Public Health Foundation of India was released.. VHAI media team provided complete support to the state team in terms of preparing press invitees and drafting of press releases etc. Regional media in all the three states covered the event both through print and electronic mediums.

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