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  • Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Indian Doctors Raise Concern About Increase in Cancer Due to E-Cig Ban

  • In line with arguments by countless public health experts, in response to the nationwide e-cig ban recently passed by Parliament, Indian doctors are concerned about the resulting likely increase in cancers and chronic heart and lung diseases, as former smokers who vape to quit cigarettes, may now turn back to smoking.
    Last Summer, the Union Health Ministry had prepared the Prohibition of E-cigarettes Ordinance 2019, which was sent to the Cabinet for review. [...]

  • Monday, December 16, 2019
  • Has the world reigned in smokeless tobacco use by regulatory implementation? Study finds out

  • According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey, covering 22 countries, 248 million people use smokeless tobacco in the form of gutka, iqmik or snus. A whopping 82% of them are in South-East Asian countries, majorly in India and Bangladesh. In India, 21.4% of all adults consume tobacco in smokeless form, which is a leading cause of gum disease, tooth decay, and cancer, as these products contain more than 30 carcinogens. Since smokeless tobacco products are consumed in a variety of formulations, including those with flavouring agents and alkaloids, it is challenging to regulate the use of these products.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Doctors’ concerns over e-cigarette ban

  • A fixture of the public health crisis since the announcement of the Government of India’s e-cigarette ban has been the expression of doctors’ concerns – and a number have been expressed since the ban was announced.
    [...] “There is data available regarding e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices from the UK, so Indian studies should have been taken up by the government as well as health organisations,” said Dr Bharat Ghopal, the senior pulmonologist and director of the National Chest Centre in Delhi. ‘A lot of smokers come to us asking for alternatives so that they can quit smoking. [...]

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Doctors raise concern that ban on e-cigarettes will increase cancer, lung diseases cases

  • After Parliament passed the Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes Bill, 2019, doctors have raised concerns about people becoming vulnerable to chronic heart and lung diseases.

    Suggesting that the government should have conducted more studies before banning e-cigarettes, Dr Bharat Gopal, Senior Pulmonologist and Director of National Chest Centre, Delhi, said, "There is data available regarding e-cigarettes as smoking cessation devices from the UK, so Indian studies should have been taken up by the government as well as health organisations. [...]

  • Tuesday, December 03, 2019
  • E-cigarettes set to be banned in India as Parliament passes bill

  • Parliament on Monday passed a bill which seeks to prohibit the production, trade, transport, storage and advertisement of electronic cigarettes in the country. "We have done it with very pious intention. There is no vested interest," Health Minister Harsh Vardhan told the House in his reply on the bill.

    During the debate on the bill, some members expressed apprehensions that the government had brought this bill under pressure from tobacco lobby and demanded the ban be extended to raw tobacco and conventional cigarettes.

  • Friday, November 22, 2019
  • Children in Delhi smoke 10 cigarettes a day just by breathing

  • Smoking is injurious to health'. We see this slogan pasted everywhere, from movie scenes to massive roadside banners. Smoking is also prohibited to minors. Yet, children in Delhi are smoking 10 cigarettes every day, just by breathing the city's toxic air. The India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) found that, on an average, every Delhi resident smoked about 340 cigarettes between 20 October to 21 November because of the high pollution in the city's air.