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31 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 31 July 2013

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Gutka addicts find relief in handmade variety
(Times Of India, Mangalore, India)
People addicted to gutka have no plans to give up the habit with the government ban on the product. At least the trend in Dakshina Kannada says so. Read more
BMC removes tobacco advertisements in 16 wards
(The Asian Age, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
In a recent development, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) brought down banners advertising tobacco products at the point-of-sale in 16 wards, as they violated laws under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Acts (Cotpa). Reports on the same have been submitted to the Superintendent’s office. Read more
Rs. 11 lakh worth gutka seized
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
In a chance discovery, the police seized gutka and other tobacco items valued at Rs. 11 lakh from a mini-lorry that had overturned near Virupapur in Kudligi taluk. Read more
Cigarette manufacturers get notice for tax evasion
(Times Of India, Indore, Madhya Pradesh)
Directorate general commercial intelligence (DGCI) is likely to serve notices to the city-based gutkha baron, KishoreWadhwani and 17 other cigarette manufacturers for their alleged involvement in tax evasion to the tune of Rs 28 crore. Read more

Industry Updates
Cigarette manufacturers get notice for tax evasion
(Times Of India, Indore, Madhya Pradesh)
Directorate general commercial intelligence (DGCI) is likely to serve notices to the city-based gutkha baron, KishoreWadhwani and 17 other cigarette manufacturers for their alleged involvement in tax evasion to the tune of Rs 28 crore. Read more

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BMC removes tobacco advertisements in 16 wards
(The Asian Age, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
In a recent development, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) brought down banners advertising tobacco products at the point-of-sale in 16 wards, as they violated laws under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Acts (Cotpa). Reports on the same have been submitted to the Superintendent’s office. Read more
Anti-smoking campaign launched
(The Asian Age, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Techfest, the annual technical festival of Indian Institute of Technology, Powai launched its anti-smoking campaign on Monday. The campaign, which is part of Techfest’s social initiative will is part of the run-up to the actual festival to be held in the first week of January 2014 and will span 50 colleges in 12 cities.
Pointing to the initiative, Shrey Singh, manager Techfest ’13 said that the festival was well established as Asia’s largest science and technology festival and is patronised by Unesco and Unicef. “Techfest has diversified into an organisation that apart from showcasing the pinnacle of technical advancement, also strives for the betterment of society with unique initiatives,” said Singh. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
Kerala launches drive against non-communicable diseases
(Business Line, Kerela, India)
The State has initiated grass-root level programmes to address non-communicable diseases, according to P.K. Jameela, Director of Health Services. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
BMC removes tobacco advertisements in 16 wards
(The Asian Age, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
In a recent development, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) brought down banners advertising tobacco products at the point-of-sale in 16 wards, as they violated laws under Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Acts (Cotpa). Reports on the same have been submitted to the Superintendent’s office. Read more
FDA holds workshop for paan kiosk owners
(Times Of India, Aurangabad, Maharashtra)
ChandrashekharSalunke, joint commissioner of the Aurangabad division of the Food and Drug Administration organised a workshop on Tuesday for paan kiosk owners and businessmen involved in the trade. The workshop was part of the directives of the FDA commissioner to the division. Read more
JMC seizes Gutkha items worth Rs 4 lakh
(The Daily Rising Kashmir, Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir)
The sleuths of Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC) today seized banned gutka items from Railway Station worth Rs 4 lakh. Read more
Banned pan masala products seized
(The Hindu, Tamil Nadu, India)
In a major drive against selling of banned gutka, panmasala, and other tobacco items, health officials on late Monday night seized goods worth Rs. 5 lakh kept in a godown for distribution. Read more

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30 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 30 July 2013

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BMC takes stringent action against tobacco advertising
(Times Of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
The BMC on Monday brought down illegal banners advertising tobacco products in 16 wards. A survey conducted by the Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF) had revealed widespread violation of the law prohibiting point-of-sale tobacco advertising. Read more
Strike against ban on tobacco
(Times Of India, Guwahati, Assam)
Paan shop owners of the state went on a strike on Friday against the state government's decision to prohibit manufacture, advertisement, trade, storage, distribution, sale and consumption of zarda, gutkha and pan masala-containing tobacco by passing Assam Health Bill, 2013 in the assembly this month. Read more

Industry Updates
Petroleum under GST ambit, but alcohol & tobacco out for now
(Business Standard, New Delhi, India)
The Centre and the states have agreed to keep petroleum under the Goods & Services Tax (GST), while alcohol and tobacco—major sources of tax revenue—might stay out of the new tax regime. Read more

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Kapurthala DC directs edu campuses to install 'Tobacco-Free Zone' signboards
(Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India)
Taking serious notice of the failure of educational institutes in erecting signboards depicting 'No-Tobacco Zone' in the campuses, deputy commissioner Daljit Singh Mangat today warned the heads of institutes to install the signboards by August 7. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
Training programme for health professionals
(The New Indian Express, Thiruvananthpuram, Kerela)
The Achutha Menon Centre for Health Science Studies (AMCHSS) here is conducting a training programme for health professionals on non-communicable disease prevention beginning Monday. The programme is being organised by Asian Collaboration for Excellence in Non-communicable Disease (ASCEND) research network and is aimed at building a network of researchers across Asia to combat the growing epidemic of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
BMC takes stringent action against tobacco advertising
(Times Of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
The BMC on Monday brought down illegal banners advertising tobacco products in 16 wards. A survey conducted by the Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF) had revealed widespread violation of the law prohibiting point-of-sale tobacco advertising. Read more
Strike against ban on tobacco
(Times Of India, Guwahati, Assam)
Paan shop owners of the state went on a strike on Friday against the state government's decision to prohibit manufacture, advertisement, trade, storage, distribution, sale and consumption of zarda, gutkha and pan masala-containing tobacco by passing Assam Health Bill, 2013 in the assembly this month. 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 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 29 July 2013

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Govt to take steps to ban e-cigarettes, hookah bars
(The Asian Age, New Delhi, India)
Recognising adverse impact of e-cigarettes (electronic nicotine delivery systems-ENDS) and hookah bars, which are a new fad among tobacco users, India has decided to initiate steps to ban both E-cigarettes and Hookahs (water pipes) through appropriate legislation. Read more
Nicotine, tar level high in Indian cigarettes
(Deccan Chronicle, New Delhi, India)
India will soon have laboratories that can measure the amount of nicotine and tar that a cigarette contains. The first-of-its-kind apex laboratory will soon come up in Chan­d­i­garh along with four regional laboratories acr­oss the country. Read more

Industry Updates  
Asian countries seek ban on smokeless forms of tobacco
(Business Standard, New Delhi, India)
Representatives of 10 south and southeast Asian countries, including India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka, Friday sought a ban on smokeless forms of tobacco and called for introducing strong legislation for the purpose. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
5 years survival after lung cancer treatment remains low
(Citizen News Service, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Lung cancer is lurking around along with known risk factors such as tobacco smoke. Although with recent advancements in medical science 5 years survival rate for other forms of cancer has increased considerably yet the same remains as low as 14% for lung cancer patients since past two decades. Read more
Nicotine, tar level high in Indian cigarettes
(Deccan Chronicle, New Delhi, India)
India will soon have laboratories that can measure the amount of nicotine and tar that a cigarette contains. The first-of-its-kind apex laboratory will soon come up in Chan­d­i­garh along with four regional laboratories acr­oss the country. Read more
Govt to take steps to ban e-cigarettes, hookah bars
(The Asian Age, New Delhi, India)
Recognising adverse impact of e-cigarettes (electronic nicotine delivery systems-ENDS) and hookah bars, which are a new fad among tobacco users, India has decided to initiate steps to ban both E-cigarettes and Hookahs (water pipes) through appropriate legislation. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Strike against ban on tobacco
(Times Of India, Guwahati, Assam)
Paan shop owners of the state went on a strike on Friday against the state government's decision to prohibit manufacture, advertisement, trade, storage, distribution, sale and consumption of zarda, gutkha and pan masala-containing tobacco by passing Assam Health Bill, 2013 in the assembly this month. Read more
A student's initiative against tobacco
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India)
Gutka is highly addictive and its excessive and regular intake may lead to oral or pharyngeal cancer. Most people who have this addiction are young people from the lower-economic strata,” says Ratnakar Sahoo, a student, who has been active in the movement against tobacco consumption in Odisha for the last two years. Read more
Can’t raise a stink in India’s litter Capital
(Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India)
In my gated community, we pay a hefty monthly maintenance fee, much of which goes into keeping the common areas spick-and-span. The floors are regularly scrubbed, elevators are serviced in time, and the lawns look green and manicured round the year. The only eyesores are the walls smeared with the gutka and paan stains. 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 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 25 July 2013

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10 lakh persons die each year due to traditional way of cooking: Report
(Times Of India, Lucknow, India)
Over 10 lakh persons in the country can be saved from dying each year if they do away with the traditional way of cooking food. Yet the Indian government has not worked adequately to address this problem for years. Read more
Stricter punishment for gutka sellers
(The Asian Age, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
After imposing a ban on gutka for another year and also on other gutka products like, scented supari (areca nut) etc, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has gone a step further and strengthened its legal recourse to ensure that those who break the law are not let off easily. Read more
 
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Cops to rope in schools, colleges to crack down on tobacco sale near campuses
(Times Of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
The Mumbai police commissionerate will soon issue letters to colleges and schools, demanding that they report violations of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA sec 6 A and B) on their premises, so that immediate action can be taken. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
Paan shop owners to move governor on health bill
(Times Of India, Guwahati, Assam)
Paan shop owners in Guwahati will move governor J B Patnaik urging him not to give his consent to the anti-tobacco bill passed by the state assembly during its monsoon session recently. Read more
10 lakh persons die each year due to traditional way of cooking: Report
(Times Of India, Lucknow, India)
Over 10 lakh persons in the country can be saved from dying each year if they do away with the traditional way of cooking food. Yet the Indian government has not worked adequately to address this problem for years. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Cops to rope in schools, colleges to crack down on tobacco sale near campuses
(Times Of India, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
The Mumbai police commissionerate will soon issue letters to colleges and schools, demanding that they report violations of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA sec 6 A and B) on their premises, so that immediate action can be taken. Read more
Do plain packages discourage smokers?
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
Plain packaging makes smokers think their cigarettes have deteriorated in quality and it leaves them less satisfied, the first research into the impact of plain packaging in Australia has found. Read more 
Officials seize banned tobacco, plastic materials
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
In a massive inspection drive carried out in shops in three zones, City Municipal Corporation health officials seized banned gutka, pan masala and tobacco items worth Rs. 35,000 and also a number of banned plastic bags and cups worth Rs. 53,000. 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 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 24 July 2013

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SC asks Centre to enforce tobacco ad rules at shops
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for the Centre to enforce rules on advertisement of tobacco products at their sale outlets that prohibits display of ads larger than 60 cm x 45 cm at shops. Read more
Selling gutkha could land you in jail
(Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Selling banned gutka, paan masala, flavoured tobacco and supari will be made a punishable offence under sections 324 and 328 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), leading to even a 10-year jail term for manufacturers and vendors, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said. Read more 
Govt extends gutkha ban to all processed tobacco products
(Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
In a major decision, the state government has extended the ban on the sale and manufacture of gutkha and paan masala to the sale and manufacture of all types of processed and packaged tobacco products in the state. Read more
State gets tough on tobacco
(Pune Mirror, Pune, Maharashtra)
The Maharashtra government has extended its July 2012 ban on gutkha and paan masala for another year. In addition, this year they have extended the ban to include all kinds of processed and packaged tobacco products. Read more
 
Industry Updates
On the Call: Altria Group CEO Barrington
(Business Week, New Delhi, India)
Marlboro maker Altria Group Inc. said Tuesday it's on track to launch its first electronic cigarette under the MarkTen brand in Indiana starting next month. Read more
 
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SC asks Centre to enforce tobacco ad rules at shops
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for the Centre to enforce rules on advertisement of tobacco products at their sale outlets that prohibits display of ads larger than 60 cm x 45 cm at shops. Read more
Supreme Court restores rules restricting cigarette, tobacco ads
(Nagaland Post,  New Delhi, India)
Supreme Court Monday set aside the seven-year-old Bombay High Court order putting on hold the rules that restricted the scale of advertisement of cigarettes and tobacco products at the point of their warehouse or retail outlets. Read more
 
Tobacco and Health 
Plain packaging could help smokers quit
(India.com Health, New Delhi, India)
A new study shows that cigarettes packaged in a plain manner are less appealing to smokers and get them thinking about the urgency to quit smoking, says a study. Read more
Menthol cigarettes pose greater health risk 
(Newstrack India, New Delhi, India)
Menthol or mint-flavoured cigarettes pose a greater health risk than non-menthol ones, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in a scientific review. Read more
Let the science decide
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
That the Union Health Ministry takes critical decisions affecting a large number of people without any scientific basis does not portend well for public health in India. Neither the ban imposed on the oral anti-diabetes drug pioglitazone on June 18 nor its revocation a month later with a requirement that the medicine be sold with a boxed warning highlighting the adverse side-effect of bladder cancer was based on any scientific evidence from India. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Supreme Court restores rules restricting cigarette, tobacco ads
(Nagaland Post,  New Delhi, India)
Supreme Court Monday set aside the seven-year-old Bombay High Court order putting on hold the rules that restricted the scale of advertisement of cigarettes and tobacco products at the point of their warehouse or retail outlets. 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 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 23 July 2013

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SC paves way for Centre to enforce rules on tobacco ads in shops
(First Post, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for the Centre to enforce rules on advertisement of tobacco products at their sale outlets that prohibits display of ads larger than 60 cm by 45 cm at shops. Read more
Display warning mandatory for tobacco vendors
(Hindustan Times, New Delhi, India)
Shops or kiosks selling cigarettes or tobacco products will have to display warnings such as “tobacco causes cancer” or “tobacco kills” prominently on their advertisement boards. Read more
SC asks Centre to enforce tobacco ad rules at shops
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for the Centre to enforce rules on advertisement of tobacco products at their sale outlets that prohibits display of ads larger than 60 cm x 45 cm at shops. Read more
 
Industry Updates
Supreme Court accuses government of colluding with tobacco industry
(NDTV, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court today reprimanded the government for conniving with the tobacco industry to circumvent guidelines on ads for tobacco products. Read more
Plain cigarette packs increase desire to kick the butt
(Business Standard, New Delhi, India)
Such packaging on tobacco products is associated with lower smoking appeal, greater support for the policy and a higher urgency to quit among adult smokers, researchers said. Read more
Earnings Preview: Reynolds American 2Q
(CNBC, New Delhi, India)
RICHMOND, Va. -- Reynolds American Inc., the second-biggest U.S. cigarette company, should give investors some insight into its premium Camel brand and its lower-priced Pall Mall brand when it releases its second-quarter results before the stock markets open Wednesday. Read more 
No smoking in public? Don't care!
(Times Of India, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh)
The ban on smoking in public places imposed by the centre five years ago is being blatantly flouted in Vizag, not only causing nuisance to the public but also putting the health of people at risk. Read more

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Centre let tobacco rule go up in smoke: apex court
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday removed all hurdles to implementation of Point of Sale Rules on tobacco and tobacco products. Read more 
Supreme Court asks Centre to enforce tobacco advertisement rules at shops
(Deccan chronicle, New Delhi, India)
The court also slammed the Centre for "conniving" with the tobacco lobby when people are daily dying of cancer. A bench headed by justice G S Singhvi quashed the interim order of Bombay High Court staying Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Rules, 2004, also known as Point of Sale rules, for regulating the advertisements at shops selling tobacco products. Read more
 
Tobacco and Health 
Health Ministry welcomes SC judgement on cigarette, tobacco ads
(The Economic Times, New Delhi, India)
The Health Ministry today welcomed the Supreme Court judgement on advertising of tobacco products and said it will pave the way for effective implementation of its rules regulating such advertisements at points of sale. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Gutka companies get a kick by subverting the ban
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
While gutka in its known form may be banned, its seemingly legal derivatives are still freely available. A multitude of colourful sachets hang in shops, and business is usual for shopkeepers. Although, the only difference though is that for a gutka-like kick one needs to buy multiple products. Read more
Police wage war against smokers
(Times Of India, Kochi, Kerela)
Think twice before you light up in public places in the district. Carrying on their good work from last year, the shadow police are booking offenders with a missionary zeal. Between January and May this year, the police have caught 6,433 persons for smoking in public places and levied a fine of Rs 8.28 lakh. The minimum fine charged is Rs 200. Read more
Crackdown on ads may help stub the butt, say ad men
(Business Line, Mumbai, Maharashtra)
Even as the Supreme Court has reprimanded the Government for “colluding” with the tobacco industry to circumvent ads for tobacco products, advertising czars say the stringent guidelines on ads, if implemented in toto, are bound to cut into smokers’ satisfaction at the next puff. Read more
SC asks Centre to enforce tobacco ad rules at shops
(The Indian Express, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday paved the way for the Centre to enforce rules on advertisement of tobacco products at their sale outlets that prohibits display of ads larger than 60 cm x 45 cm at shops. Read more
SC bans surrogate ads for tobacco products
(Times Of India, New Delhi, India)
The Supreme Court on Monday banned surrogate advertisement of tobacco products by lifting a seven-year-old interim order of the Bombay high court. 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)

18 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 18 July 2013

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Seized tobacco items worth Rs 1.72 crore disposed at Chandel
(E-Pao, Imphal, Manipur)
huge consignment of banned tobacco products, "Zarda and Khaini", worth Rs.1.72 crores, which were seized by personnel of 20th AR from 10 people at Larong Village in Chandel district on May 28 last while trying to smuggle into Moreh town from Churachandpur, has been disposed by setting on fire at the bank of Chakpi River near Japhou Bazar on July 15 in presence of Food Safety Officer of Chandel, police and members of civil organizations. Read more
Bill to ban smokeless and chewing tobacco tabled in Assam Assembly
(Jagron Post, Guwahati, Assam)
The Assam government on Tuesday tabled a bill in the state assembly seeking to prohibit manufacture, advertisement, sale and consumption of zarda, gutkha and pan masala containing tobacco in the state. Read more
 
Tobacco and Health 
Oral cancer, causes, symptoms, effects and prevention
(Times Of India, New Delhi, India)
Oral cancer is caused because of certain factors which increases its risk. Smoking, chewing tobacco, consumption of excessive alcohol, extreme sun exposure to the lips and chewing betel nut increases the risk of oral cancer. This threat of oral cancer is elevated when people have more than one or all of these detrimental habits. Read more
One in every four street kid in metros victim of substance abuse
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
One in every four street children in the metropolitan cities of India is a victim of some form of substance abuse and over half of such children living in difficult conditions are illiterate. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
New anti-tobacco campaign launched
(Radioandmusic.com, New Delhi, India)
A new nation-wide National Tobacco Control campaign called “Tears you apart” has been launched by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry aims to raise public awareness about the dangers of smokeless tobacco consumed by tens of millions of Indian every day. Read more

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17 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 17 July 2013

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Government tables bill to ban tobacco products in Assam
(Times Of India, Guwahati, Assam)
The state government on Tuesday tabled the much-awaited bill that prohibits manufacture, advertisement, trade, storage, distribution, sale and consumption of zarda, gutka and paan masala containing tobacco in the state. Read more
Major thrust to improve responses to non-communicable diseases
(Citizen News Service, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease – kill approximately 36 million per year, with 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, this figure is projected to rise to 52 million deaths by 2030. Read more
 
Industry Updates
Assam introduces anti-tobacco Bill
(Business Standard, Guwahati, Assam)
The anti-tobacco bill was tabled in Assam assembly today to prevent manufacturing and use of the product in non-smoking form with provision for imprisonment of up to seven years and a fine of Rs 5 lakh to the violators. Read more 
Assam tables legislation banning guthka, zarda, pan masala
(The Economic Times, Guwahati, Assam)
Assam government on Tuesday tabled a legislation prohibiting manufacture, advertisement, trade, storage, distribution, sale and consumption of zarda, Gutkha, panmasala containing tobacco in Assam.The bill Assam health (prohibition of manufacturing, advertisement, trade, storage, distribution sale and consumption of Zarda, Gurkha, panmasala etc containing tobacco) bill 2013 was presented in the state assembly by health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma. Read more
 
Tobacco and Health 
Major thrust to improve responses to non-communicable diseases
(Citizen News Service, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) – cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and chronic respiratory disease – kill approximately 36 million per year, with 80% of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries. If current trends continue, this figure is projected to rise to 52 million deaths by 2030. Read more

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
What ban? Tobacco ads continue
(Times Of India, Patna, Bihar)
Government proposes, tobacco firm dispose. In blatant violation of Section 5 of COTPA (Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act) which bans direct and indirect advertisement of tobacco products, gutka-producing companies continue to illegally promote paan masala in various media and the authorities are looking the other way. Read more
Bill to ban zarda, pan masala in Assam
(Hindustan Times, Guwahati, Assam)
Assam has taken the lead in tabling a bill in the assembly to ban zarda, gutkha, pan masala and all other forms of smokeless and chewing tobacco. It is expected to be passed by the end of the ongoing monsoon session. Read more
One in every four street kid in metros victim of substance abuse: Study
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
One in every four street children in the metropolitan cities of India is a victim of some form of substance abuse and over half of such children living in difficult conditions are illiterate. 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)

16 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 16 July 2013

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Can't ban other forms of tobacco: Minister
(Deccan Herald, Bangalore, Karnataka)
The State government has said it cannot ban other forms of tobacco, except gutka, as they were not covered under the Food Safety and Standards Act (FSSA), 2011. Read more 
India a major culprit in global air pollution problem
(Asia Sentinel, New Delhi, India)
The air far too many people breathe across the world is depressingly unhealthy in too many places. Overall acute respiratory infections kill some 4.5 million adults and children each year across the globe. Influenza affects 3-5 million people each year and causes an average of 250,000-500,000 deaths. Globally there are an estimated 156 million cases of pneumonia each year, the leading cause of death in children under 5, killing 1.3 million of them in 2011. Tuberculosis caused another 1.4 million deaths in 2011.Read more

Industry Updates
India's inflation rate rises slightly to 4.86% for June 2013
(Netindia, New Delhi, India)
The index for 'Beverages, Tobacco & Tobacco Products'  declined by 0.3 percent to 181.4 from 181.9  for the previous month due to lower price of dried tobacco (5%) and imfl - blended (1%). Read more
 
Tobacco and Health 
India a major culprit in global air pollution problem
(Asia Sentinel, New Delhi, India)
The air far too many people breathe across the world is depressingly unhealthy in too many places. Overall acute respiratory infections kill some 4.5 million adults and children each year across the globe. Influenza affects 3-5 million people each year and causes an average of 250,000-500,000 deaths. Globally there are an estimated 156 million cases of pneumonia each year, the leading cause of death in children under 5, killing 1.3 million of them in 2011. Tuberculosis caused another 1.4 million deaths in 2011.Read more
 
Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Graphic anti-smoking warnings alter cigarette taste
(Zee News, New Delhi, India)
The interesting thing about the consumers` grievance is that the tobacco and formulation of cigarette has not changed. Read more 
Paan masala, zarda sachets worth over Rs. 10 lakh seized
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar led a team of Revenue and Police Department officials in a raid on wholesale outlets of paan masala and zarda (chewing tobacco) here after complaints surfaced pertaining to the sale of pan masala with nicotine content. 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)

15 July 2013

CNS Daily Tobacco News Monitoring Report: 15 July 2013

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Gutka sale continues 
(Deccan Chronicle, Chennai, Tamil Nadu)
The Cigarettes and Tobacco Control Act, which is in existence since 2003, is yet to be implemented stringently, according to activists in the city. Read more
Safe air should be there for all of us to share
(Citizen News Service, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Air, water and food are the 3 basic essentials (in that order) to sustain human life. One can stay without water and food for long periods but not without oxygen laden clean air even for a few moments. So breathing fresh air is essential to let us live to eat and drink and be merry. Read more
Paan masala, zarda sachets worth over Rs. 10 lakh seized 
(The Hindu, New Delhi, India)
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Prasanna Kumar led a team of Revenue and Police Department officials in a raid on wholesale outlets of paan masala and zarda (chewing tobacco) here after complaints surfaced pertaining to the sale of pan masala with nicotine content. Read more

Tobacco and Health 
Safe air should be there for all of us to share 
(Citizen News Service, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh)
Air, water and food are the 3 basic essentials (in that order) to sustain human life. One can stay without water and food for long periods but not without oxygen laden clean air even for a few moments. So breathing fresh air is essential to let us live to eat and drink and be merry. Read more 

Others (tax, advertising, youth, pack warnings etc)    
Coax, cajole millions to stub that butt
(The Indian Express, New Delhi India)
Notwithstanding the ban on smoking in public places since 2008 and the more recent anti-smoking campaigns which have warnings displayed on television screens every time a character in a movie lights up a cigarette, the pernicious habit remains a potent threat. Read more
New tobacco products lure younger smokers
(Times Daily.com, New Delhi, India)
It remains illegal to market tobacco products to teenagers, but some health experts argue it hasn’t stopped some companies from finding a way around the law. Read more
Bollywood celebrities to promote health awareness through caller tunes  
(PTI, New Delhi, India)
The Health Ministry in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has initiated a project where Bollywood celebrities would be giving health tips through mobile phone caller tunes. Read more

Produced voluntarily by:
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)
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