Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, Deputy Director, Tata Memorial Hospital, has said that Maharashtra government’s recent decision of banning sale of loose cigarettes will deter college and school going students from smoking.
Dr Chaturvedi said, Most of the college students and even school children get easy access to loose cigarettes due to cheap prices and easy availability. Lack of pictorial warning on loose cigarettes deprives them of effective health warning.
The ban on sale of loose cigarettes will certainly curb tobacco use amongst current and future tobacco users. On behalf of Tata Memorial centre, I would like to congratulate Government of Maharashtra for taking this bold step.
In compliance with Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA) 2003, Section 7(2), Government of Maharashtra imposed imposes a ban on sale of single stick loose cigarette and beedis in the state with a clear notification on September 24.
Dr Chaturvedi informed that tobacco use is one of the common risk factors in rapid increase of four major non-communicable diseases (NCDs): cancers, cardiovascular and lung disease, and diabetes. As per Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2, in Maharashtra 6.0% men, 1.4% women and 3.8% of all adults currently smoke tobacco. Smoking also exacerbates the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.
The WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) focuses on raising taxes on tobacco products, enforcing ban on tobacco consumption in public places, health warnings, bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship to educate people about hazards of Tobacco and helping smokers to quit.
To save the future generation from tobacco, the strict enforcement of Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act is necessary in every state. Maharashtra Government had earlier banned spitting in public places, most often a consequence of smokeless tobacco use, with an aim to create clean and healthy environment.
Dr Chaturvedi added that banning loose cigarettes and beedi is one of the essential steps to reduce consumption among current and future smokers. The hike of taxes on tobacco products does not impact tobacco consumption in India because of the rampant sale of loose cigarettes and beedis.
Dr PC Gupta of Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health also congratulated the state government and said, The State of Maharashtra must be congratulated for being the first state for explicitly banning the sale of loose beedis and cigarettes. Research has shown that in India, large majority of cigarette sales and a substantive proportion of beedi sales occur in loose form. This ban will be of great help in reducing initiation of smoking by adolescents and encouraging cessation among smokers.
Purva Kothari’s jewellery collection sparkles at ‘Intrea’ exhibition in Nagpur
Amid festivities, jewellery designer Purva Kothari conducted a two-day exhibition of diamond studded jewellery at Jawaharlal Darda Art Gallery in Nagpur on October 1 and 2.
Purva, in the past, has enticed celebrities including Director at Reliance Industries Nita Ambani, Varsha Patel wife of former minister Praful Patel, Founder at Videocon Venugopal Dhoot, Founder Chairman at GMR Group GM Rao and endorsements from Salman Khan, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Saina Nehwal, to name a few.
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September 30, 2022 | Nagpur News | नागपुर समाचार | Hindi News Bulletin | Nation Next
Shashi Tharoor is capable of bringing Congress back in power, says Congress leader Ashish Deshmukh
Former MLA and Member of Parliamentary Board, MPCC Dr Ashish Deshmukh speaking about the nomination filed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for the post of Congress President on Friday, said, “Dr Shashi Tharoor is a popular Congress MP who has done remarkable work for the nation at the international level. It’s very welcoming thing that the election of Congress President is being done in a democratic manner. This is an important step for decentralisation in the party and the future of Congress is bright. Soniaji and Rahulji Gandhi contributed a lot to strengthen the party.”
Congress leader Deshmukh added, “This is an important step taken by the Congress elites for the elections in a democratic manner so that the party can take a higher flight. Dr Shashi Tharoor has cordial relations with everyone in the party; he has the ability to give a new direction to the party. I believe that he will be able to handle the responsibility of bringing the Congress to power in the country by taking the party forward with new strength. If he seriously deals with issues like unemployment, industry, agriculture, inflation then Congress will have fruitful days. By doing transparent politics, he will definitely convey the thought of Congress to the people at the grassroots level. If you want a rejuvenated, bigger and dynamic Congress party, Dr. Shashi Tharoor is the right candidate. He has the open support of Congress delegates in 12 states and is getting the support of Congress leaders and activists from all over India. He will be elected for sure.”
Deshmukh informed that Tharoor would be visiting Nagpur on October 1 and 2 to hear out all thoughts of Congress delegates.