Tax tobacco heavily to check addiction: Experts

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

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

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.

Most tobacco users never try quitting: Survey

Most tobacco consumers have never tried kicking the bad habit despite being aware of ill-effects of the addiction, according to a survey.

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

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.

Hike tax on tobacco products to curb consumption: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Wednesday asked governments to raise taxes on tobacco products to curb their consumption.

10 lifestyle tips to prevent oral cancer

Oral cancer in India continues to be a grievous affliction affecting people from all walks of life, age groups and genders.

Shimla trader fined Rs 1 lakh for storing tobacco products

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

Over 1 million Indians die from tobacco annually: Report

Tobacco use continues to take a toll on the lives of Indians as more than one millions people in the country die prematurely every year due to tobacco-related diseases, according to the World Lung Foundation report.

NGOs oppose Punjab move to reduce tax on tobacco

A proposed move by the Punjab government to bring down taxes on tobacco products in the state is being opposed by NGOs.

Philip Morris, Altria team up on cigarette alternatives

Altria Group and Philip Morris International (PMI), the makers of Marlboro cigarettes in the United States and internationally, are teaming up to market electronic cigarettes and other "reduced risk" tobacco products.

Cancer institutes recommend ways to promote research

Experts from leading cancers institutions, including AIIMS, submitted a set of recommendations to the Union Health Ministry demanding a part of the taxes coming from tobacco industry be reserved for cancer research.

Assam introduces anti-tobacco Bill

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.

Orissa High Court issues notice to Centre on tobacco ban PIL

The Orissa High Court today issued notice to the Centre in response to a PIL seeking prohibition on manufacture, sale and marketing of smokeless tobacco products like gutkha, zarda, pan masala, khaini and gudakhu which contain harmful nicotine.

New law about tougher warning about tobacco goes into force

The new law making it mandatory for all tobacco products to carry stricter pictorial warnings came into force today but its implementation was not visible on the ground.

HC asks Assam govt to file affidavit on gutkha ban

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.

Plain packaging of tobacco products could cut smoking

Plain packaging of tobacco products would cut smoking, experts suggest.

VAT on kerosene reduced; tobacco products to be costlier

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%

Seven fined in Jammu for smoking in public places

Authorities in Jammu have penalised seven persons after they were found smoking in a public place in the city, officials said on Sunday.

Chandy writes to Jaya on smuggling of tobacco products

Oommen Chandy has sought help from, J Jayalalithaa to see that smuggling of tobacco products from either state does not take place.