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11 November 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 11 November 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
Quit tobacco if you want a govt job in Rajasthan
(The Times of India, Jaipur, Rajasthan) 
Oncologist, Dr Rakesh Gupta, who was one among the five recipients for WHO's award (in May 2013) for their efforts in tobacco control, including promotion and implementation of anti-tobacco policy and capacity building to control tobacco consumption in state, said, "It's a good decision but a lot more brainstorming is needed. There's hardly any facility to help tobacco users to quit the habit, there is a shortage of experts who can help tobacco users in quitting it. A proper policy is needed for it." Read more

Smoke free
Quit tobacco if you want a govt job in Rajasthan
(The Times of India, Jaipur, Rajasthan) 
Oncologist, Dr Rakesh Gupta, who was one among the five recipients for WHO's award (in May 2013) for their efforts in tobacco control, including promotion and implementation of anti-tobacco policy and capacity building to control tobacco consumption in state, said, "It's a good decision but a lot more brainstorming is needed. There's hardly any facility to help tobacco users to quit the habit, there is a shortage of experts who can help tobacco users in quitting it. A proper policy is needed for it." Read more
Karnataka Nodal Officer for Tobacco Control to impose checks on smoking zones
(Deccan Chronicle, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
The State Nodal Officer for Tobacco Control is likely to take strict action against hotels and restaurants, pubs and bar owners if they do not maintain proper smoking zones on their premises. Read more 
Slapping smoking ban in offices not helping
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
Despite many workplaces putting a ban on smoking to reduce exposure to second-hand smoke and to encourage employees to quit smoking, the presence of another smoker at home may sabotage employers' efforts to get workers to quit. Read more
Anti-tobacco drive for cops
(The Times of India, Kochi, Kerala) 
Police officials here of the ranks of sub-inspectors underwent an awareness session that exposed them to the various sections of the Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). Read more

Tobacco and health 
VoTV Kerala to be launched Tuesday
(The Business Standard, Kerala) 
The Voice of Tobacco Victims (VoTV), a unique campaign which will give a collective space and voice to tobacco victims will be launched here Tuesday. Read more
2 new cancer centres to come up in Bihar
(The Times of India, Patna, Bihar) 
The state will soon have two more cancer treatment centres. This was stated by state health secretary cum executive director of State Health Society Sanjay Kumar here on Thursday. Read more
'Khaini', 'bidi' biggest killers in Bihar: Expert
(The Times of India, Patna, Bihar)
Most of the people suffering from cancer treat the disease as a "licence to death" and think it is futile to consult a doctor. This is not true. About 33% of cancer cases are curable if diagnosed at an early stage, Mahavir Cancer Sansathan director JK Singh said here on Tuesday. Read more
Smokeless tobacco use rising in India
(business Standard, New Delhi, Delhi) 
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 here Tuesday. Read more

Others (tobacco ads, pack warnings, youth, etc) 
Anurag Kashyap locks horns with Censor Board
(The Times of India, Mumbai, Maharadhtra) 
 Anurag Kashyap's forthcoming film Ugly was scheduled to open on October 11, but suddenly the release was pushed to next year. TOI has learnt that the reason for the postponement was Anurag's unwillingness to carry the 'Cigarette smoking is injurious to health' disclaimer in the smoking scenes featured in the film. Read more
Lady Gaga took to marijuana post hip injury
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
Lady Gaga says she was nearly addicted to marijuana after she suffered a hip injury last year. The singer underwent a surgery for the injury earlier this year. She says smoking marijuana brought her pain relief, reports contactmusic.com. Read more
Kamal Haasan quit smoking for Lip-lock scenes
(The Times of India, India) 
Southern superstar Kamal Haasan who is working hard to release his magnum opus 'Vishwaroopam 2' soon, has revealed that he had started smoking at a young age of 11. But the star actor had quit smoking due to various reasons and one among those that top the list are the lip lock scenes that he had to do in his films. Read more

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31 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 31 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- Banning tobacco won't help, according to Chief minister Siddaramaiah
(Daily News and Analysis, Mysore, India) 
Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that banning the sale of tobacco and alcohol in the state is not a solution to curtail smoking or consumption of alcohol. Read more 

Smoke free
1- Karnataka to frame norms to implement tobacco Act
(The Times of India, Karnataka, India) 
The state government on Monday assured the Karnataka High Court that it will issue guidelines for implementation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, including taking cognizance of offences and punishing violators. Read more
2- New York City bans sale of cigarettes to under 21s
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India) 
New York City voted to ban the sale of cigarettes, e-cigarettes and tobacco to anyone under the age of 21, raising the previous threshold of 18. Read more 

Tobacco and health 
1- Banning tobacco won't help, according to Chief minister Siddaramaiah
(Daily News and Analysis, Mysore, India) 
Chief minister Siddaramaiah on Wednesday said that banning the sale of tobacco and alcohol in the state is not a solution to curtail smoking or consumption of alcohol. Read more
2- Smokers think about kicking the butt on Mondays
(The Times of India, New Delhi, India) 
Researchers from San Diego State University, the Santa Fe Institute, The Monday Campaigns and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health monitored global Google search query logs from 2008 to 2012 in English, French, Chinese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish for searches related to quitting, such as "help quit smoking," to examine weekly patterns in smoking cessation contemplations for the first time. Read more
3- A 100 million lives, up in smoke
(IBN Live News, New Delhi, Delhi) 
So it seems that the apocalypse didn't occur and the world hasn't come to an end. 2012 is not the end of existence as we know it-the Mayans were wrong. But take a closer look, and you wonder if the prophecy was true after all. Read more
4- Long cigarettes riskier
(The Times of India, New Delhi, India) 
Smoking long or ultralong cigarettes can cause greater risk of lung and oral cancer than regular and king-size cigarettes, a new study has revealed. Read more

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

29 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 29 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- Karnataka to frame norms to implement tobacco Act
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka)
The state government on Monday assured the Karnataka High Court that it will issue guidelines for implementation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, including taking cognizance of offences and punishing violators. Read more
2- Strong FMCG business boosts ITC Q2 net profit 
(The Hindu, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
ITC Ltd ON Friday reported 21.46 per cent increase in net profit at Rs. 2,230.53 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, driven by a strong performance in the FMCG business. Read more 

Industry updates 
1- Cigarettes business drives up ITC profit
(Livemint News, Kolkata, India) 
Cigarette and consumer goods maker ITC Ltd said on Friday that net profit rose by more than one-fifth in the quarter ended 30 September from a year earlier on higher income from its cigarette business and a write-back of provisions, helping it offset the slowest pace of sales growth in 17 quarters. Read more
2- Strong FMCG business boosts ITC Q2 net profit 
(The Hindu, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
ITC Ltd ON Friday reported 21.46 per cent increase in net profit at Rs. 2,230.53 crore for the second quarter ended September 30, driven by a strong performance in the FMCG business. Read more 
3- ITC net jumps 21.46% to Rs 2,230 cr
(The Financial Express, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
Slow volume growth in cigarettes and agri-products saw diversified conglomerate ITC on Friday missing analysts’ estimate while posting an 8.81% increase in its net sales at R7,775.79 crore during the July-September quarter. Read more
4- ITC Q2 net profit up 21.46 per cent at Rs 2,230.53 cr
(Business Today, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
ITC Ltd has reported a 21.46 per cent jump in net profit for the second quarter ended September 30, driven by a strong performance in the FMCG business. Read more
5- FMCG business drives ITC Q2 net profit up 21.46%
(The Indian Express, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
Slow volume growth in cigarettes and agri-products saw diversified conglomerate ITC on Friday missing analysts' estimate while posting an 8.81 per cent year-on-year increase in its net sales at Rs 7,775.79 crore during the July-September quarter. Read more
6- ITC tobacco sales up but slowdown seen
(The Vancouver Sun, India) 
ITC Ltd., India's biggest tobacco company, posted the slowest pace of sales growth in four years after an increase in the price of its cigarettes dampened demand at its biggest business. Read more

Smoke free
1- Karnataka to frame norms to implement tobacco Act
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka)
The state government on Monday assured the Karnataka High Court that it will issue guidelines for implementation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, including taking cognizance of offences and punishing violators. Read more
2- Drive launched in Mandya against smoking in public places
(The Hindu, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
The District Health and Family Welfare Department, along with the association of Mandya district police, on Saturday launched an anti-smoking operation in the city under the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production Supply and Distribution) Act (COPTA), 2003. Read more 

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

28 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 28 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- Rollback of tax on raw tobacco anti-people, doctors say
(The Times of India, Patna, Bihar) 
Civil society groups and several bodies of doctors, including Indian Medical Association, Bihar Chapter, on Friday said the state government's move to rollback tax on raw tobacco (khaini) was anti-people and would provide a setback for tobacco control measures in the state. Read more

Smoke free
1- Police take action against 35,237 for violating COTPA
(The New Indian Express, Kerala) 
The State Police have taken action against 35,237 persons between January and August, 2013, for violating the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003. Read more

Tobacco and health
1- '94% tobacco users don't want to quit'
(The Times of India, Pune, Maharashtra) 
At least 94 per cent of tobacco users in India have no intention to quit, states a recent report by Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project India (TCP India project). The TCP India project is part of the International Tobacco Control Project, a multi-country initiative to evaluate the impact of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of WHO. Read more
2- Smoking moms may weaken babies' immunity
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India) 
Moms-to-be who smoke may significantly raise their babies' risk of developing respiratory and other infections, a new study has warned. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Rollback of tax on raw tobacco anti-people, doctors say
(The Times of India, Patna, Bihar) 
Civil society groups and several bodies of doctors, including Indian Medical Association, Bihar Chapter, on Friday said the state government's move to rollback tax on raw tobacco (khaini) was anti-people and would provide a setback for tobacco control measures in the state. Read more
2- I want to be a smoker when I grow up!
(The Times of India, New Delhi) 
Yes, that's what 30% Indian girls and boys reportedly said during a study. We spoke to experts to gauge this alarming trend...Read more
3- Third year of Indian Grand Prix: this formula wasn’t easy
(Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Delhi) 
Even then the feed only lasted two seasons before Parliament stepped in; the main bone of contention was the logo of tobacco companies that adorned the livery of the cars.  The government didn’t want to promote tobacco on the state-run broadcaster. Ironically, this was around the same time the FIA was stubbing the butt out and, under increasing pressure from the European Union, started to outlaw tobacco advertisements. Read more

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

25 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 25 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
ITC Q2 net may rise 14% at Rs 2090 cr: Motilal Oswal
(Money Control, India) 
We expect ITC to post 2.5-3 percent volume decline in cigarettes. Traction in 64mm cigarettes is compensating for the decline in the 69mm segment, in our view. Read more

Tobacco and health
1- Stroke affecting younger people: Research
(Zee News India, India) 
 Even younger people are suffering strokes, according to two studies published on Thursday that warned death, disability and illness from strokes could double by 2030, partly due to unhealthy lifestyles. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Tanisha caught smoking in Bigg Boss
(The Times of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra) 
Bigg Boss 7 contestant Tanisha Mukherjee has been in news for all bad reasons off late, and now she is in news for smoking. Tanisha has been stressed out a lot lately and it is a known fact that she smokes. The pretty sister of successful actress Kajol, was seen smoking in Bigg Boss house and she was holding her cigarette pack while talking to her good friend Armaan Kohli. Read more
2- No smoking for Mickey Virus
(The Times of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
People who close their eyes when they see the anti smoking ad and a disclaimer that is shown in the beginning of any film in theaters can take a sigh of relief when they go to watch 'Mickey Virus' releasing this Friday. Since the film has no smoking scene, censor board has allowed them to get away with the disclaimer and the ad. Read more
3- Minister, top cop hit city roads to enforce tobacco ban
(New Indian Express News, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
Health Minister U T Khader inspected Shivajinagar and surrounding areas along with the City Police on Saturday as part of a drive against illegal advertisements pertaining to tobacco products under Section 5 of the Control of Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). Read more 

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

24 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 24 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- As smoking gets dearer, ITC bets on nicotine gum
(The Times of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra) 
The big daddy of cigarette business, ITC, is now gearing up to woo smokers with an antidote -- Kwiknic nicotine chewing gums -- to their “injurious to health” habit. In the process, the company is restructuring a dormant category, hitherto the domain of drug companies. Read more
2- Centre to SC: Ban all kinds of gutka
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
The Centre on Tuesday made a strong plea before the Supreme Court for passing an appropriate order to ban all kinds of gutka in the country saying they are addictive and harmful even if they don't contain tobacco. Read more

Tobacco and health
1- Smoking fruit-flavoured cigars as dangerous
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
Cigars flavoured to taste like fruit have become popular among teens, thus causing more minors to smoke, according to a government study. Read more
2- Maternal smoking linked to poor infant immunity
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
A new study has revealed that smoking during pregnancy is associated with both respiratory and non-respiratory infections in infants, resulting in increased risk for hospitalization and death. Read more
3- Surviving the puff challenge
(The Times of India, Mumbai, India) 
Smoking is a hard habit to break. Ask Ajay Devgn. Experts help you identify the pitfalls to watch out for once you've told yourself that you have quit. Read more
4- Mothers who smoke during pregnancy may affect babies' immunity
(The Financial Express, New Delhi, Delhi) 
Moms-to-be who smoke may significantly up their babies' risk of developing respiratory and other infections, a new study has warned. Read more

Smoke free
1- Centre to SC: Ban all kinds of gutka
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
The Centre on Tuesday made a strong plea before the Supreme Court for passing an appropriate order to ban all kinds of gutka in the country saying they are addictive and harmful even if they don't contain tobacco. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Air pollution: India faces a grim predicament
(Hindustan Times, New Delhi, Delhi) 
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) announced, for the first time, that air pollution causes lung cancer. Read more

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

22 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 22 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- State to plug loopholes in norms banning gutka
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
Minister for Health U.T. Khader has said that the government will explore options to plug loopholes in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011. Read more  

Tobacco and health
1- '94% tobacco users don't want to quit'
(The Times of India, Pune, India) 
At least 94 per cent of tobacco users in India have no intention to quit, states a recent report by Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project India (TCP India project). The TCP India project is part of the International Tobacco Control Project, a multi-country initiative to evaluate the impact of Framework Convention on Tobacco Control of WHO. Read more

Smoke free
1- State to plug loopholes in norms banning gutka
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
Minister for Health U.T. Khader has said that the government will explore options to plug loopholes in the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations, 2011. Read more 
2- Tobacco regulations just smoke and mirrors
(News24 India, New Delhi, India) 
Apparently government has come up with some new regulations limiting the display of tobacco products in stores.Theses are insane regulations on the face of it because what it boils down to is that in places like supermarkets and cafes only one square metre would be allowed to be allocated to cigarettes, pipe tobacco and snuff. Read more
3- Woman booked for carrying gutka, tobacco worth Rs 2,500
(The Times of India, Aurangabad, Maharashtra) 
The Kranti Chowk police on Saturday booked a 32-year-old woman for allegedly carrying gutka and tobacco material worth Rs 2,500 following a complaint lodged by the Aurangabad division of Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Rajesh removes controversial scene from AIAAR
(The Times of India, Tamil Nadu) 
After the Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) raised an issue over the teaser of All In All Azhaguraja, which had Santhanam imitating a character in the anti-tobacco campaign video, director Rajesh was asked to remove that scene from the film by the censor board. We hear that the director has now complied with the request. Read more

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

21 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report : 21 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- Cigarette makers launch smaller price packs to revive market
(The Times of India, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
Top cigarette makers ITC and Godfrey Phillips have taken a leaf out of cola giants and FMCG firms' book by launching smaller price packs to revive the market after volume sales fell more than 3% during April-September due to a sharp spurt in prices. Read more
2- Tobacco control drive finds gutka in new avatar
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
The state government might have banned manufacture and sale of gutka in Karnataka in June this year. But traders and users have found their own ways to push the business. Read more

Industry Updates
1- Tobacco control drive finds gutka in new avatar
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
The state government might have banned manufacture and sale of gutka in Karnataka in June this year. But traders and users have found their own ways to push the business. Read more
2- Cigarette makers launch smaller price packs to revive market
(The Times of India, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
Top cigarette makers ITC and Godfrey Phillips have taken a leaf out of cola giants and FMCG firms' book by launching smaller price packs to revive the market after volume sales fell more than 3% during April-September due to a sharp spurt in prices. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
1- How smoking behaviour can be curbed among low-income individuals
(News Track India, Kerala, India) 
Researchers including an Indian-origin scientist have claimed that high-priced cigarettes and smoke-free homes can help effectively reduce smoking behaviours among low-income individuals. Read More

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Anti-tobacco drive in Kamrup, Jorhat schools
(The Times of India, Assam) 
With an increasing number of people, both young and old, abusing tobacco in Assam, the state health department has taken up an initiative to educate school children against the harmful effects of tobacco in two districts of the state. Read more
2- A pointless smokescreen: The government is on a slippery slope with ham-handed attempts at censorship
(Mail Online India, New Delhi, India) 
So we are not going to get to see Woody Allen's new film, Blue Jasmine, on the big screen in India. The director refused to bow down to Indian censor board guidelines, which demand that an anti-smoking warning be inserted before and after the film, as well as during any scenes that feature smoking. Read more 
3- Eye on votebank, blind to fiscal health
(The Telegraph, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
“The decision to exempt khaini from the tax bracket would certainly promote tobacco chewing among the people. There must be some reason or logic behind the decision as it has been passed by the cabinet,” Singh said. Read more
4- Kate Moss insists on smoke breaks while modeling
(The Times of India, Mumbai, India) 
Kate Moss has a clause written into her modelling contracts insisting on regular smoking breaks. Read more
5- Low VAT collection on cigarettes hurts contribution to cancer fund
(The Times of India, Patiala, Punjab) 
Low collection of value added tax (VAT) on sale of cigarettes in Punjab is talking a toll on the government's campaign to control the incidence of cancer in the state. A major share of the tax levied on the sale of cigarettes is contributed towards cancer relief fund. Read more

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Network for Accountability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF) 

17 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 17 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- Govt makes khaini tax-free
(The Times of India, Patna, Bihar) 
The state cabinet on Tuesday made khaini (tobacco) tax-free. The farmers of Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and some parts of Nalanda districts had requested CM Nitish Kumar last week to exempt khaini from tax. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
1- Coimbatore's Regional Cancer Centre getting mostly tobacco-induced cases
(The Hindu, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu) 
A majority of the cancer cases being treated by Coimbatore Medical College Hospital’s Regional Cancer Centre (RCC) are found to have been caused by tobacco products such as cigarettes, pan masala and ghutka. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Nitish Kumar declares tobacco tax-free in Bihar
(Gulf News, Bihar, India) 
The ruling Nitish Kumar government in Bihar has declared tobacco “tax-free” ahead of next year’s parliamentary elections, even as the state reports the highest incidence of oral cancer in India. Read more
2- Actor Santhanam’s joke has anti-tobacco lobby fuming
(The Times of India, Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
Actor Santhanam making an anti-tobacco campaign the butt of a joke in Karthi-starrer 'All in All Azhaguraja,' has got the Tamil Nadu People's Forum for Tobacco Control (TNPFTC) fuming. Read more
3- Puff law plea to Woody
(The Telegraph, Kolkata, West Bengal) 
A Delhi-based public health group has written to Woody Allen urging him to release his latest film, The Blue Jasmine, in Indian theatres. The film’s India release had been scheduled last week but the Hollywood filmmaker had refused to accommodate the mandatory anti-smoking warning, reports had said. Read more
4- Govt makes khaini tax-free
(The Times of India, Patna, Bihar) 
The state cabinet on Tuesday made khaini (tobacco) tax-free. The farmers of Samastipur, Muzaffarpur, Darbhanga, Vaishali, Sitamarhi, Darbhanga and some parts of Nalanda districts had requested CM Nitish Kumar last week to exempt khaini from tax. Read more
5- Thumbs down to Centre's anti-tobacco drive, Nitish makes tobacco tax free in Bihar
(India Today News, New Delhi/Bihar)
Centre has been pumping crores into its anti-tobacco campaign to aware people about hazards of consuming tobacco but Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar is looking the other way. Thousands die each year in the state alone but making a complete mockery of the Centre's anti-tobacco drive, Bihar government has exempted tobacco (khaini) from tax in the state. Read more

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Network for Accounitability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF)

16 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 16 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
1- Karnataka minister moots ‘smoking zones’ in public places
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
If Karnataka health minister U T Khader has his way, designated 'smoking zones' will soon be set up in select public places across Bangalore - a move that has drawn flak from anti-tobacco campaigners. Read more 
2- New anti-tobacco spots released
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
The ministry of health and family welfare recently released two new anti-tobacco spots titled 'Child' and 'Dhuan' to be screened in movies and on TV whenever smoking scenes are depicted. Read more

Smoke free  
1- Karnataka minister moots ‘smoking zones’ in public places
(The Times of India, Bangalore, Karnataka) 
If Karnataka health minister U T Khader has his way, designated 'smoking zones' will soon be set up in select public places across Bangalore - a move that has drawn flak from anti-tobacco campaigners. Read more 

Tobacco and Health 
1- Tobacco use, stress main cause of mental troubles: Doctors
(The Times of India, Vanarasi, Uttar Pradesh) 
A special community mental health screening is being carried on by the department of psychiatry in a joint effort with the department of community medicine, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in rural areas. The screening is being done as a part of the community sampling for the future projects of the department of psychiatry for mental health. Read more 

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
1- Mumbai doctors invite Woody Allen for an anti-tobacco lesson
(Daily News and Analysis, Mumbai, Maharashtra) 
Oncologists from the city are up in the arms against the decision of Hollywood director Woody Allen not to compromise his creative freedom and adhere to Indian laws. Read more 
2- Woody Allen refuses to release his film in India
(South Asian Mail, India) 
Woody Allen has stopped his upcoming flick 'Blue Jasmine' from being released in India, after he learned that anti-tobacco adverts would be inserted in its smoking scenes. Read more
3- New anti-tobacco spots released
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
The ministry of health and family welfare recently released two new anti-tobacco spots titled 'Child' and 'Dhuan' to be screened in movies and on TV whenever smoking scenes are depicted. Read more
4- GM tobacco plants can produce biofuels
(The Times of India, New Delhi, Delhi) 
Genetically modified tobacco plants are viable as raw material for producing biofuels, a new study has found. Scientists have demonstrated, for the first time, the viability of using specific tobacco proteins (known as thioredoxins) as biotechnological tools in plants. Read more
5- Karthi, director Rajesh quit smoking
(The Times of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra) 
Director Rajesh has taken a decision — the lead characters in his films will no longer smoke. The filmmaker has featured most of his heroes in smoking scenes, right from his first film Siva Manasula Sakthi. So, what's the reason for the change now? Read more

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Network for Accounitability of Tobacco Transnationals (NATT), CNS Tobacco Control Initiative of Vote For Health campaign (formerly Indian Society Against Smoking - ISAS), Asha Parivar, Abhinav Bharat Foundation (ABF)

10 October 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 10 October 2013

Not-to-miss Tobacco News Today!  
Chandigarh's tobacco-free status discussed
(Hindustan Times, Chandigarh/ Haryana/ Punjab)
Tobacco control advocates from across India gathered in the city on Wednesday to discuss the experiences of the first smoke-free city in the country. Read more
Anti-tobacco lessons for Kerala school children
(First Post, Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala)
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 Wednesday. Read more

Smoke free  
In Punjab, 17,000 booked for smoking in public
(IBN Live, Chandigarh/ Haryana/ Punjab)
Over 17,000 people have been issued tickets (challaned) by the Punjab government this year for violating ban on smoking in public places, a senior health officer said in Chandigarh on Wednesday. Read more
COPTA to be enforced in Dimapur
(Nagaland Post, Dimarpur, Nagaland)
Cigarettes and Other Products Act (COPTA), 2003 would be strictly enforced in Dimapur district. Announcing this in a press release, National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) district nodal officer Dr. C. Tetseo said the public and shop keepers should be aware of COPTA section 4,5,6 and 7. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
Cigarette alternatives may not be 'safe' tobacco
(Medical Express, New Delhi, India)
The evaluation—which focused on electronic cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco and hookahs—was conducted by UC Davis pulmonary physicians hoping to guide health-care providers in helping patients reduce, or eliminate altogether, their nicotine consumption. Read more
A killer habit
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
Even as Woody Allen opposes the use of Government’s anti-tobacco campaign disclaimers in his film, Nandita Murukutla of World Lung Foundation, the campaign collaborator, tells us that it is an important effort in a country that has millions of tobacco users. Read more
Tobacco use, stress main cause of mental troubles: Doctors
(Times Of India, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh)
A special community mental health screening is being carried on by the department of psychiatry in a joint effort with the department of community medicine, Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in rural areas. The screening is being done as a part of the community sampling for the future projects of the department of psychiatry for mental health. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Anti-tobacco lessons for Kerala school children
(Business Standard, Thiruvananthpuram, Kerala)
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 Wednesday. Read more
'Khaini' worth Rs 2.9 lakh seized
(E-Pao, Imphal, Manipur)
AMSU, CADA, Chaithabi Leirak Development Committee cum Library, and Medical Directorate staff have jointly seized a huge quantity of 'Khaini' a smokeless tobacco product banned by Commissioner of Food Safety, Health Department Secretariat, Govt of Manipur, while it was being shipped in to Imphal today. Read more

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