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Modi Govt Imposes Largest Ever Excise Duty Hike on Cigarettes
New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government has completed over 100 days in power. The biggest achievement of the new government in its first 100 days has been in imposing the largest-ever hike in excise duty on cigarettes — from 11% to 72%. The government also substantially raised taxes on pan masala, gutka and other tobacco products.

Health minister Harsh Vardhan, who has taken on this issue on campaign scale, has been shooting off letters to chief ministers of all states seeking to increase VAT on tobacco products.

Public health experts believe this'll not only boost revenue generation but also help reduce the nation's disease burden, particularly cancer, by dissuading people from using tobacco products. About 275 million Indians (35% adult population and 14% children aged 13-15 years) are tobacco users, mainly smokeless tobacco.

A recent report by Public Health Foundation of India estimated the cost of diseases caused from tobacco use: specifically respiratory diseases, tuberculosis, cardiovascular diseases and cancers. It estimated total costs attributable to tobacco-use in 2011 at over Rs 1lakh crore — 12% more than the combined state and central government expenditure on healthcare in the same year.
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WHO urges stiff regulatory curbs on e-cigarettes
Aug 26, 2014: The rising popularity of electronic cigarettes, popularly called e-cigarettes, is the latest concern among public health experts. The World Health Organization (WHO) called for stiff regulation of electronic cigarettes as well as bans on indoor use, advertising and sales to minors, in the latest bid to control the booming new market. In a long-awaited report that will be debated by member states at a meeting in October in Moscow, the United Nations health agency on Tuesday also voiced concern about the concentration of the $3 billion market in the hands of big tobacco companies. In a nutshell, the WHO report shows that e-cigarettes and similar devices pose threats to public health," Douglas Bettcher, director of the agency's department on non-communicable diseases, told a news briefing in Geneva.read more...
 
AHA calls for tougher regulations on e-cigarettes
August 26, 2014: Electronic cigarettes should be subject to the same laws that apply to tobacco products, and the federal government should ban the marketing and sale of e-cigarettes to young people, a new American Heart Association policy statement says. The group also called for thorough and continuous research on e-cigarette use, marketing and long-term health effects. "Over the last 50 years, 20 million Americans died because of tobacco. We are fiercely committed to preventing the tobacco industry from addicting another generation of smokers," Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association (AHA), said in an association news release. "Recent studies raise concerns that e-cigarettes may be a gateway to traditional tobacco products for the nation's youth, and could renormalize smoking in our society," Brown said. 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...
 
Modified housing scheme for beedi workers proposed
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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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