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Higher Taxation by GST Council will curb Tobacco Addiction

Consumer VOICE in its effort to control tobacco menace has been working closely with the government and other state partners. With the budget round the corner and the new Finance Minster taking charge, Consumer VOICE has urged the members of the GST Council to retain tobacco products as

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World No Tobacco Day – Bhopal-MP

National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment, Bhopal and Consumer VOICE- a New Delhi based non-profit organization working on tobacco control issues in the state of Madhya Pradesh, organised a consultation on the eve of World No Tobacco Day to discuss the implementation of Government of MP’s policy

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World  No Tobacco Day 2019

World No Tobacco Day 2019

“ I curse the day I was introduced to smoking by my peer group. Today at 30, just when I thought I am on a roller coaster ride I am diagnosed with lung cancer,” said Pradyut who is lying on the hospital bed since the past one month.

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E-Cigarettes Survey Report

Electronic cigarettes (‘e-cigarettes’) are nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) that heat a nicotine cartridge and allow users to inhale the vaporized liquid. There is no substantial evidence to prove that ENDS are effective for cessation and are less harmful than the traditional tobacco products and these are marketed in

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Survey State Dissemination-Madhya Pradesh

National Centre for Human Settlements and Environment, Bhopal along with Consumer VOICE, New Delhi organised stakeholders workshops to disseminate the “Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets” survey report. The workshops were held in 5 cities in Madhya Pradesh – Bhopal, Indore, Sagar, Jabalpur and Gwalior where the survey was conducted. The

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets study survey study dissemination – Tamil Nadu

Consumer VOICE, Delhi in collaboration with Consumer’s Association of India, Chennai organized Stakeholders’ dissemination workshop on ‘’Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets’’ study in Chennai on 26th March 2019. This report reveals how tobacco companies are systematically targeting children as young as eight years old in Tamil Nadu by selling tobacco

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Health Ministry Issues Advisory to States to Ban E-Cigarettes

Following the  advisory of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), 11 states in India (Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Jharkhand and Mizoram) and 1 Union Territory (Puducherry) have banned the use and sale of E-cigarettes, Vape &

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Survey State Dissemination in Gujarat

Consumer VOICE, Delhi in collaboration with Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal, Gujarat, organized a Stakeholders’ dissemination workshop on ‘’Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets’’ study in four cities of Gujarat- Ahmedabad, Morbi, Rajkot and Jamnagar on 27th Feb, 12th March, 23rd March and 26thMarch 2019. A report which reveals how

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Survey State Dissemination in Assam

Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum along with Consumer VOICE, New Delhi organised workshops for stakeholders in Assam  to disseminate the “Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets” survey report. The workshops were held in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Jorhat where the survey was conducted. A report which reveals how tobacco companies are systematically targeting

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World Cancer Day

Cancer is the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the body. These abnormal cells may form a mass of tissue, called a tumor. Some cancers, such as leukemia, do not form tumors.  If left untreated, tumors can grow and spread into the surrounding normal tissue, or to other parts of

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City Level Workshops on Tobacco Control in Gujarat

City level workshop on tobacco control in Morbi, Gujarat  | City level workshop on tobacco control in Jamnagar, Gujarat  | City level workshop on tobacco control in Rajkot, Gujarat
 
City level workshop on tobacco control in Morbi, Gujarat
Consumer VOICE, Delhi in collaboration with Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak

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National Release of the “Big Tobacco Tiny Targets” Study

The National release of the Big Tobacco Tiny Targets study took place in the event held at the Constitution Club, New Delhi on 16th January 2019.

The event witnessed participation from World Health Organisation (WHO), MoHFW, Vital Strategies, PHFI, Indian Cancer Society, The Union, CTFK India Team, Sambandh

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets

As it is a known fact that tobacco consumption is not only harmful but also one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced. Tobacco use is estimated to cause more than 13 lakh deaths in India annually. One in 10 deaths in India is attributable

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Tamil Nadu bans E-cigarettes following Government Advisory

Following an advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to all states and UTs toban E-cigarettes and efforts of Consumer VOICE and its state partners in highlighting the ill effects of e-cigarettes, the government of Tamil Nadu issued an order on 3rd of September

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Ban E-Cigarettes to Secure Future

E-Cigarettes are being promoted as a heather alternative to cigarettes or bidis. Changing the mechanism of inhaling nicotine does not change the health hazards that an e-cigarette  poses.  It is as harmful as any other tobacco product. However there are no requisite provisions to ban it under the

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World No Tobacco Day 2018

World No Tobacco Day 2018 –  Goa
Date: 30 May 2018
State Partner- National Organisation for Tobacco Eradication (NOTE)
To celebrate World No Tobacco Day Consumer VOICE along with its partner organisation NOTE India organised public event on May 30th 2018 to highlight the harmful effects of tobacco,

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Tobacco Breaks Hearts

Tobacco smoking is harmful and causes cancer. But did you know that smoking isa major cause of cardiovascular disease (CVD) too. CVD causes one of every three deaths, according to the 2014 Surgeon General’s Report on smoking and health. Recognising this warning, WHO will be focusing on the

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Media Sensitization – Press Meet at Chandigarh on 30th March, 2018

Consumer VOICE organized a press interaction meet in collaboration with state partner, Citizens’ Awareness Group (CAG) on March 30, 2018 at Hotel Aroma, Chandigarh. The meet underlined the need for strict implementation of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation

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COTPA Act openly violated near schools in Delhi

Speaking to one of the correspondents of a leading national daily, Mr. Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE, India revealed that COTPA (Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003) is openly violated

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GATS Report Shows Sharp Decline in Tobacco Consumption in India

The recently released 2016-2017 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report shows a remarkable reduction of tobacco consumption from 34.6% in 2009-10 to 28.6% in 2016-17. As a result there are over 8 million fewer tobacco users today than there were just seven years ago despite the growth in

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Tobacco – an evil we live with

Number of tobacco users in India is 274.9 million
Mean age of tobacco users in India is 17.9 years
52% of adults are exposed to second hand smoke

                                                                                                       (Source: GATS 2010 Survey Data)
These are some numbers which see an increase

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Include bidis in GST regime

Include bidis in GST regime
Mark Goodchild and Henk Bekedam
The government should ensure that all tobacco products, including bidis and smokeless tobacco, are taxed at the highest rate of the Goods and Services Tax
The introduction of a national Goods and Services Tax

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