Health Ministry proposes ban on sale of loose cigarettes, steep hike in fine

Brushing aside opposition, the government today moved to amend the anti-smoking law and proposed radical changes, including ban on sale of loose cigarettes and raising the minimum age of a person buying tobacco products to 21 years from existing 18.

SC sets aside orders on restriction of tobacco products in hotels

The Supreme Court Monday allowed sale of tobacco products, including hookahs, in eating joints and quashed circulars issued by civic bodies in various states banning their sale in such premises.

Massachusetts town weighs nation's 1st tobacco ban

The cartons of Marlboros, cans of Skoal and packs of Swisher Sweets are hard to miss stacked near the entrance of Vincent's Country Store, but maybe not for much longer: All tobacco products could become contraband if local health officials get their way.

Bihar government bans sale of tobacco products

In a move that would help in containing consumption of tobacco products, the Bihar government on Friday has announced the ban on the sale of some tobacco products such as pan masala, zarda and sugandhit supari in the state.

New pictorial health warnings on tobacco products welcomed

A major non-profit organisation working in Assam today welcomed the Central government's announcement regarding new pictorial health warnings for tobacco products.

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.