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  • Tobacco crackdown during pandemic sees number of environment cases rise 78% in NCRB 2020 report Sep 17, 2021 10:14 AM IST

    Tobacco crackdown during pandemic sees number of environment cases rise 78% in NCRB 2020 report

    About 80 percent of the environment-related offences were registered under The Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act.

  • Average annual revenue collection from tobacco products stands at Rs 53,750 crore: FM Sitharaman Aug 03, 2021 07:19 PM IST

    Average annual revenue collection from tobacco products stands at Rs 53,750 crore: FM Sitharaman

    Answering supplementary questions, Sitharaman said many non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and consumer education forums have suggested to increase levies on tobacco products considering the health impact.

  • All you ever wanted to know about cigars Jul 03, 2021 04:55 AM IST

    All you ever wanted to know about cigars

    Which are the best cigars in the world? The best cigar lounges in India? How to talk about cigars? And more cigar-related questions - answered.

  • In strategic shift from tobacco, FMCG now increasingly powering ITC’s growth Jun 07, 2021 08:01 AM IST

    In strategic shift from tobacco, FMCG now increasingly powering ITC’s growth

    ITC appears to be increasingly looking at acquisitions in FMCG to accelerate growth. The company’s presentation clearly identifies ‘value accretive M&A’ as one of its strategic pillars to grow the FMCG business.

  • Lots of smoke: Seizure of illegal cigarettes was 9 times higher in FY21 Mar 18, 2021 02:35 PM IST

    Lots of smoke: Seizure of illegal cigarettes was 9 times higher in FY21

    With higher taxes burning a deep hole in smokers’ pockets, the volume and share of legal cigarettes in India is falling amid a rise in the smuggling of illegal gaspers and bidis.

  • No Smoking Here | 88% Indians strongly favour strengthening tobacco laws: Survey Feb 11, 2021 04:03 PM IST

    No Smoking Here | 88% Indians strongly favour strengthening tobacco laws: Survey

    Results from this survey also found that respondents support the banning of smoking in all public places as well as eliminating special smoking areas in restaurants, airports, hotels and restaurants.

  • Centre drafts law to raise legal age of smoking to 21 years Jan 02, 2021 03:12 PM IST

    Centre drafts law to raise legal age of smoking to 21 years

    Under the amendments proposed in the bill, "No person shall sell, offer for sale, or permit sale of, cigarette or any other tobacco product - (a) to or by any person who is under twenty-one years of age, and in an area within a radius of one hundred meters of any educational institution."

  • Tobacco use accelerates transmission of COVID-19: Health Ministry Jul 29, 2020 12:50 PM IST

    Tobacco use accelerates transmission of COVID-19: Health Ministry

    In its document 'COVID-19 Pandemic and Tobacco Use in India', the ministry said experts have confirmed that smokers are more likely to develop severe symptoms or die from COVID-19, as it primarily attacks the lungs and warned against use of any such products.

  • Delhi extends ban on manufacture, storage and distribution of gutkha for one more year Jul 17, 2020 10:23 AM IST

    Delhi extends ban on manufacture, storage and distribution of gutkha for one more year

    Commissioner (Food Safety), National Capital Territory of Delhi, prohibited, for a period of one year in NCT, the manufacture, storage, distribution, or sale of tobacco

  • WHO: 40 million children aged 13 to 15 years using tobacco products globally May 31, 2020 01:10 PM IST

    WHO: 40 million children aged 13 to 15 years using tobacco products globally

    The UN agency is focusing on spreading awareness among teenagers to mark World No Tobacco Day on Sunday.

  • Tobacco smoking potential risk factor for COVID-19: Study Apr 30, 2020 12:00 PM IST

    Tobacco smoking potential risk factor for COVID-19: Study

    According to there is an increased risk for the virus binding and gaining entry into the lungs of smokers than non-smokers.

  • A cigarette a day can keep coronavirus away? French researchers test if nicotine can prevent COVID-19 Apr 24, 2020 01:07 PM IST

    A cigarette a day can keep coronavirus away? French researchers test if nicotine can prevent COVID-19

    The research echoed similar findings published in the New England Journal of Medicine last month that suggested that 12.6 percent of 1,000 people infected in China were smokers

  • Tobacco farmers' body urges govt for 'pragmatic' approach on cigarette taxation Feb 20, 2020 03:15 PM IST

    Tobacco farmers' body urges govt for 'pragmatic' approach on cigarette taxation

    The Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA) said it had also appealed to Finance Minister Nirmala Sithraman to have a "pragmatic approach" on cigarette taxation at a meeting on Wednesday evening.

  • Why India needs to take a serious look at sale and consumption of tobacco Dec 29, 2019 12:07 PM IST

    Why India needs to take a serious look at sale and consumption of tobacco

    Projected tobacco-associated mortality in India is estimated reach 1.5 million by 2020

  • Corporate corridor | The policy risk for cigarette stocks just went up a notch Sep 19, 2019 09:07 AM IST

    Corporate corridor | The policy risk for cigarette stocks just went up a notch

    Investors in cigarette stocks are celebrating the ban on e-cigarettes but they may be jumping the gun

  • Comment | Tobacco exports to China will help ailing Indian tobacco growers Jan 30, 2019 12:36 PM IST

    Comment | Tobacco exports to China will help ailing Indian tobacco growers

    ITC being the largest buyer, processor and exporter of leaf tobacco in India will be beneficial from the India-China tobacco protocol

  • Sale of tobacco in shops selling FMCG items banned in Maharashtra Jan 25, 2018 08:57 AM IST

    Sale of tobacco in shops selling FMCG items banned in Maharashtra

    The move is aimed at ensuring youngsters do not get addicted to tobacco products, a top Food and Drug Administration (FDA) official said.

  • Supreme Court to examine if pictorial, textual warnings on cigarette packs serve any purpose Jan 08, 2018 08:59 AM IST

    Supreme Court to examine if pictorial, textual warnings on cigarette packs serve any purpose

    On Monday, when the Supreme Court takes up the issue of pictorial warnings on cigarette packs and tobacco products, it would also scrutinise whether the textual warning about cancer should be printed or not.

  • SC refuses stay on Karnataka HC order on pictorial warning on tobacco products Dec 22, 2017 04:48 PM IST

    SC refuses stay on Karnataka HC order on pictorial warning on tobacco products

    Earlier, the high court had struck down the 2014 amendment rules that mandated the pictorial health warning to cover 85 percent of the tobacco product packaging space.

  • India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations Aug 18, 2017 01:01 PM IST

    India threatens Philip Morris with 'punitive action' over alleged violations

    The letter was prompted by a Reuters investigation last month that revealed how Philip Morris was deploying marketing tactics in India, some targeting young people, that officials said were illegal.

  • Dramatic rise in tobacco control policies in last decade: WHO Jul 20, 2017 08:05 AM IST

    Dramatic rise in tobacco control policies in last decade: WHO

    The latest WHO report on the global tobacco epidemic found that 4.7 billion people--63 per cent of world's population--are covered by policies such as strong graphic warnings, smoke-free public places or other measures.

  • Tobacco use in India down from 34.6% of adult population to 28.6% Jun 08, 2017 08:34 PM IST

    Tobacco use in India down from 34.6% of adult population to 28.6%

    The second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) report pegged that the number of tobacco users in India had gone down by 81 lakh.

  • Will LIC have to review its investment in ITC? Apr 15, 2017 02:01 PM IST

    Will LIC have to review its investment in ITC?

    The PIL names the government, state-run insurers, including LIC, and the insurance regulator, and says that the investment is contradictory to government’s measures to tackle tobacco-related problems.

  • Higher tobacco taxes can save 35-45 billion lives in South Apr 12, 2017 07:40 AM IST

    Higher tobacco taxes can save 35-45 billion lives in South

    The analysis published in The British Medical Journal said South Asia with a population of 1.1 billion adults has about 170 million adult smokers – and mostly from India – and very low rates of cessation.

  • Tobacco farmers urge ministries to keep low tax under GST Mar 21, 2017 01:59 PM IST

    Tobacco farmers urge ministries to keep low tax under GST

    The livelihood of nearly 4.6 crore farmers depends on the tobacco crop, which already sees imposition of high taxation due to the health problems caused by it.

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