Tag Archives: tobacco consumption

Budget 2012: Tobacco set to get dearer

Price of tobacco products may be a growth in the near future. The Union Ministry of Health wrote to all States to either tax or an increase in VAT on all tobacco products - cigarettes, beedis, smokeless tobacco (gutka and pan masala), tobacco and tobacco leaves.

54 p c of state population consumes tobacco

The use of tobacco in Bihar has assumed an alarming proportion. According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)-India, 54 per cent of the population in Bihar consume tobacco in one form or the other. The most common form being smokeless consumed by nearly 49 per cent of adults. India is the oral cancer capital of the world, 90 per cent of which are attributed to tobacco use. Smokeless tobacco use is the major cause of oral cancer in the country.

Is Tobacco A Necessary Consumer Product?

There were two programmes in Mysore city on Saturday the 3rd September 2011, paradoxically on the same subject “Tobacco”, both commencing at 10 am but a few kilometers apart; As Convenor of Anti-Tobacco Forum and a Social Activist, Mysore Grahakara Parishath, I was at a loss to decide - whether to attend the glittering programme sponsored by theTobacco Institute of India to honor Tobacco farmers for their continued patronage, adoption of best practices to grow tobacco or the other was a holistic government programme organised by the District Health authorities, Chaired by the Deputy Commissioner and District Health officer, sponsored through Swamy Vivekananda Youth Movement and HRIDAY, an anti-tobacco NGO, for creating awareness about the various rules, regulations and enabling provisions that empower the officials to punish violators of Tobacco Control Act enacted by the Parliament for implementation at grassroots level. About 50 officers/officials from Departments of Health, Education, Police, NGOs etc. participated but it was a poor response by all standards of government functions.

Raising tobacco taxes to reduce consumption

Article Six of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) of the World Health Organization requires that Parties to thecigarette
treaty consider tax policies and price polices as a part of their overall national health policy and recommends that governments raise tobacco taxes to reduce tobacco consumption as far as possible.

Bigger Warning Label Requirements Disserve Canadian Consumers And Undermine Property Rights

Under a recent proposal, Health Canada regulators are seeking to increase the size of graphic warnings on tobacco products to 75% of the package. Enactment of this proposal would be dramatic, leaving available just one-quarter of a legal product’s packaging for branding and consumer information. Yet there is little if any evidence to support the assumption that such increased warnings will actually alter smokers’ behavior. More importantly, government agencies are ignoring an opportunity to use the cigarette package to inform smokers of alternative smokeless tobacco and nicotine products, which carry far less risks than smoking. Finally, increasing the graphic warnings at the expense of the brand also amounts to a diminution of the trademark, which in turn may facilitate the counterfeit trade of cigarettes. Health Canada’s proposal raises troubling concerns for all consumers and property owners.

What is the government’s take on tobacco, cigarette consumption?

TOBACCO farmers might have a reason to hope that any move pushing for the reduction of tobacco production in the country will not succeed. After all, the recent Philippine national elections put into power a new president who regularly puffs the very end product of their industry. Will P-Noy, preferred nickname of President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, a known smoker, heed their call?

After decades-long battle, tobacco regulation advances

North Carolina, the nation’s largest tobacco producer, just did what was once thought impossible. The state enacted one of the nation’s strictest bans on smoking in public places, proving the battle against smoking has come a long way since a handful of California cities and counties passed the nation’s first smoke-free laws in 1990.