Select food items like milk, tobacco, fuel and clothing became more expensive in May, leading to a marginal rise in the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to 107 points during the month.
Tobacco will kill nearly six million people this year, including 600,000 non-smokers, because governments are not doing enough to persuade people to quit or protect others from second-hand smoke, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Tuesday.
Several brokerages maintained their 'buy' ratings on ITC saying the cigarettes to hotels major is expected to post robust earnings in 2011-12 (April-March) led by strong growth in cigarette volumes.
Union Budget 2010-11 may have come as a negative/positive surprise for tobacco companies.
Bhutan police can raid homes of smokers in a search for contraband tobacco and are training a special tobacco sniffer dog in a crackdown to honour a promise to become the world's first smoke-free nation.
China's tobacco industry is foiling efforts to control smoking and Chinese leaders must give stronger support to measures to control tobacco use, an international panel of experts said in a report on Thursday.