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  • Thursday, July 02, 2020
  • Samrat Chowdhery Appointed as INNCO President

  • India’s eminent harm reduction advocate Samrat Chowdhery has been appointed as the President of the International Network of Nicotine Consumer Organizations (INNCO), a global body of 34 national advocacy groups which has been recognized with UN observer status. INNCO represents consumers of low-risk, alternative nicotine products, and promotes tobacco harm reduction (THR) at the global stage. The organization actively works on engaging consumers in the global THR discussions. In the process, it develops and strengthens member organizations of the community.

  • Thursday, June 25, 2020
  • Asian Study Looking Into The Prevalence of Smokeless Tobacco Consumption

  • In order to compare periodic changes in STC prevalence, the researchers grouped studies into five-year periods: 2000-2004, 2005-2009, 2010-2014, 2015-2019. The pooled estimates of prevalence were 25% (95% CI: 22-28%), 22% (95% CI: 15-28%) and 21% (95% CI: 14-28%) for Bangladesh, India and Myanmar, respectively. Within the pooled estimates across these countries, the researchers found a higher STC prevalence for men at 30% than women at 16% and 24% in rural dwellings, as opposed to 17% in urban dwellings. Additionally, the researchers found a significant decrease of STC in Bangladesh and India [...]

  • Monday, June 01, 2020
  • India's e-cigarettes ban hasn't stopped vaping⁠ — it only drove out Juul and Vape

  • Rahul (name changed), a 15 year old boy wanted to try smoking but he was afraid it would damage his lungs. So he thought of giving e-cigarettes and vaping a try. But there was a slight problem — India had just banned the sale of e-cigarettes to protect the health of thousands of others like him. He called his best friend Sonu (name changed), also 15, who assured him getting e-cigarettes or any vaping devices is no “big a deal” and the ban “doesn’t matter”. [...] Teenagers like Rahul and Sonu were the reasons why India imposed a ban on e-cigarettes in September last year.


  • Friday, May 22, 2020
  • Prohibition kills, too

  • Neither the South African nor the Indian government has made any serious effort to rationalise the ban on tobacco and e-cigarettes. As the evidence mounts that nicotine may help ward off the coronavirus, prohibiting these products on health grounds looks tenuous at best. Some have suggested that allowing people to drink and smoke discourages social distancing, but with South Africans now buying booze and cigarettes from strangers on street corners, this reasoning also looks shaky.

  • Thursday, May 14, 2020
  • Find a reason to quit smoking: Protect our lungs from Lung Cancer

  • Smoking tobacco is broadly recognized by the medical community as well as the general public as a major public health hazard. It is the single most important preventable risk to human health and an important cause of premature deaths globally. In India, among tobacco use, smoking is one of the major cause of deaths and diseases, accounting for millions such cases. Smoking nearly affects all organs of the body and harms person’s overall health. Apart from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular diseases, infertility, [...] it can cause cancer of all parts of the body. [...]

  • Monday, May 04, 2020
  • Global Health Perspectives with Derek Yach Dr. Pooja Patwardhan

  • Coming from a family of 3 generations of doctors, Pooja has always been passionate about providing holistic care to patients. [...] People with mental health conditions have significantly high smoking rates and die nearly 10-20 earlier than those without mental health conditions. Pooja has been making a positive impact in the challenging area of helping people with mental health conditions quit smoking.