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Social networks abuzz after hike in tobacco duty

Last Updated: Thursday, July 10, 2014, 22:17

Thursday took to the social media to either applaud the finance minister`s move to hike excise duty on cigarettes and tobacco products or to vent their ire against the proposal.

Hookah next big threat for US youth: Study

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 17:30

While cigarette use is on the decline among US youth, an alarming number of high school students are turning to hookahs, cigars and smokeless tobacco products, researchers warned.

Tax tobacco heavily to check addiction: Experts

Last Updated: Monday, July 07, 2014, 08:54

Taking a cue from Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, oral health experts here urged Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to levy high taxes on tobacco products to curb the youth from getting addicted to smoking or chewing tobacco.

Impose at least 50% VAT on tobacco products: Harsh Vardhan to states

Last Updated: Sunday, July 06, 2014, 01:00

In his bid to discourage smoking among youths, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has urged states and Union Territories to impose VAT of at least 50 per cent on all tobacco products to "make them less affordable".

High tax on tobacco will safeguard citizens: Health groups

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 02, 2014, 21:26

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan`s proposal to the finance ministry on increasing taxes on tobacco products in the upcoming budget was Wednesday welcomed by various health groups, who said the increase in taxes will help in safeguarding the health of the people.

MP government to ban sale of tobacco near college campuses

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 10, 2014, 00:31

Aiming to make college campuses tobacco free, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to ban the sale of tobacco products within a 100-metre radius of these institutions, an official release said.

World No Tobacco Day: Top scientists warn WHO not to stub out e-cigarettes

Last Updated: Thursday, May 29, 2014, 04:56

A group of 53 leading scientists has warned the World Health Organisation not to classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, arguing that doing so would jeopardise a major opportunity to slash disease and deaths caused by smoking.

US bans bidis made by Indian tobacco company

Last Updated: Saturday, February 22, 2014, 09:49

US regulators Friday banned the sale and import of small cigarettes known as bidis made by an Indian company, their first such action since being given oversight of tobacco products in 2009.

Shimla trader fined Rs 1 lakh for storing tobacco products

Last Updated: Thursday, February 13, 2014, 12:16

A local trader was fined Rs 1 lakh for storing banned tobacco-based products, an official said on Thursday.

People fined for smoking in public places

Last Updated: Sunday, June 09, 2013, 13:35

Authorities in Kashmir fined 23 people for smoking in public places and issued notices to various restaurant owners for not restricting customers from smoking.

HC asks Assam govt to file affidavit on gutkha ban

Last Updated: Sunday, February 03, 2013, 20:37

Guwahati HC has issued a notice to commissioner and secretary of health asking him to file an affidavit on the actions taken to ban gutkha in Assam.

VAT on kerosene reduced; tobacco products to be costlier

Last Updated: Tuesday, October 02, 2012, 12:18

The Jharkhand government has reduced value added tax VAT on kerosene from 5% to 2% while the VAT on tobacco products has been increased from 14%to 20%