World Health Organization: “Zero Tolerance for Tobacco”

“One million people a year will die from tobacco smoking in India during the 2012s, research predicts.” says a 2008 BBC report. Even with the ban on smoking in public places in effect in India, we do see many people lighting up cigarettes and beedis on the streets, outside restaurants and bars.

World No Tobacco Day is observed every year on May 31. It is meant to encourage a 24 hour abstinence from smoking and draw attention to its adverse effects. This year, The World Health Organization (WHO) has selected the theme “Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women.” About 20% of the world’s 1 billion smokers are women, and the use of tobacco by women and girls in increasing the world over with more advertising and marketing being targeted at women.

Tobacco facts:

  • At least half of all lifelong smokers die earlier as a result of smoking.
  • About 61% of men who smoke can expect to die at ages 30-69 compared with 41% of otherwise similar non-smokers.
  • About 62% of women who smoke can expect to die at ages 30-69 compared with only 38% of non-smokers.
  • Chronic smoking can lead to many health issues and diseases: vascular stenosis, lung cancer, heart attacks, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Smoking also increases the risk of many other types of cancer, including cancers of the throat, mouth, pancreas, kidney, bladder, and cervix.


Methods to quit smoking

  • Some smokers choose to quit cold turkey, at once stopping all smoking. For some, this is a much more difficult method. Nicotine withdrawal is hard and is accompanied by mood swings, insomnia, and nicotine cravings.
  • Cutting down is another method where cigarettes with lower nicotine are used or less number of cigarettes are smoked. Electronic cigarettes offer a guaranteed way to monitor your nicotine intake as they are available in differing doses of nicotine: 6mg, 12mg, 24mg, etc.

Electronic Cigarettes. These tobacco free nicotine sticks are way more effective than NRT (nicotine replacement therapy). Nicotine patches, gum, inhalers, sprays or lozenges have all proved to be a complete failure as compared with e-cigarettes. E-cigs offer a smoking experience very similar to regular smoking as the smoking actions remain the same as with a normal cigarette, except that only the nicotine content if present, not the harmful tobacco. Smokefree Electric Cigarettes serve the purpose of helping people quit smoking by standing as an alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes. Smokefree E-cigarettes have batteries instead of tobacco, cartridges instead of nicotine, water vapour instead of smoke! A Smokefree cigarette is made up 3 components. 1) The Cartridge. This contains the flavoured e-liquid inhaled during smoking. 2) The Atomizer. This changes the liquid from the cartridge into a vapour (smoke look alike) 3) The Battery, which is rechargable and has a micro processor which controls the atomizer. The tip is an LED light which blinks when the battery is low. Smokefree e cigarettes come with tobacco flavoured cartridges and infused flavoured cartridges, all of which can be customised with differing amounts of nicotine. One Cartridge for Rs 20 would last you the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes. Our electronic cigarettes can be smoked legally in public places as they are Smokefree.

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Bangalore Says NO to Tobacco Consumption

BANGALORE: Today is World No Tobacco Day and this is the day to make a resolution to stop tobacco consumption and spread the awareness of its ill-effects. As glaring it may sound, according to a survey conducted by the Consortium for Tobacco Control, Karnataka, in 20 pre-university colleges of Bangalore city, 21 per cent of boys and 11.4 per cent girls are into some sort of tobacco consumption.

City Express visited a few hospitals in the city to get a reality check and also spoke to some experts in the industry. They said that they were shocked to witness a rising trend in various kinds of diseases amongst youngsters related to their habit of tobacco consumption.

Dr Upendra Bhojani, faculty, Institute of Public Health said, “The deaths due to smoking is enormous. In 2010 alone, one million deaths were

associated with smoking and most of them belonged to the middle-aged group. Problems like tuberculosis and other respiratory diseases have become common now.” He added further, “We must understand that tobacco consumption is not an inherited habit but an addiction and it is possible to reduce the grave ramifications only if we spread global awareness strongly.”

When City Express visited Victoria Hospital, one of the officials said, “Over 20 to 30 TB patients are admitted per day in our hospital and nearly 10 patients are below 15 years of age and death rate is considered to be 4 per cent.

Undoubtedly, the main cause for TB is smoking and alcohol consumption. From infected mothers to children during delivery, a number of tobacco-related cases have also been reported and last year it stood at 1,164.”

Voicing a similar opinion, Dr Nagappa, a professor in Bowring Hospital said, “Although we receive more number of adult cases, there has been a rise in the number of cases of respiratory ailments among the youngsters. Moreover, most of the side affects are long term based. Hence, it is seen more in the category of 30-50 years of age.”

Another major issue which has been over looked at times is that tobacco related expenses are pushing families into poverty and forcing them to cut down expenditure on essential food items. At the national level, the spending on three major groups of diseases caused by tobacco is nearly 16 per cent more than the revenue generated by all kinds of tobacco products.

Deaths: As per a study conducted in the year 2008, women between 30 and 69 accounted for 13 per cent of deaths from TB and 14 per cent from respiratory diseases. As far as men are concerned, 66 per cent deaths were due to TB� and 60 per cent from respiratory diseases.

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World No Tobacco Day: Command and control

A cigarette has “…a fire at one end and a fool at the other.” – Horace Greely

With all the gory statistics related to smoking at our disposal, it would be hard to disagree with the above statement, yet, fools or not, men and women in countless numbers choose to continue consuming tobacco products. Despite the proposals in the World Health Organisation’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC), adopted in 2005 by the World Health Assembly, progress made seems so limited that in India alone, within the next two years, around 10 lakh people will die because of smoking, according to one of the most comprehensive studies on the habit in the country. India stands on the threshold of a tobacco-unleashed epidemic.

It is none too soon then, that WHO has chosen ‘Tobacco industry interference’ as this year’s theme of World No Tobacco Day, which is observed on May 31.

Understanding the tobacco industry’s practices is crucial for the success of tobacco control policies. In this context, it’s important also to understand that tobacco products are the only legally available products that can kill up to one half of their regular users if consumed as recommended by the manufacturer.

The campaign focuses on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO FCTC.

diseases like cancer, says a report released by the Framework Convention Alliance (FCA).

WHO FCTC, which was developed in response to the globalisation of the tobacco epidemic, is a pre-eminent global tobacco control instrument. It includes legally binding obligations for its parties, sets the baseline for reducing both demand for and supply of tobacco, and provides a comprehensive direction for tobacco control policy at all levels. WHO FCTC has become one of the most widely embraced treaties, with more than 160 parties, covering more than 86 per cent of the world’s population. India has been playing an important role on the tobacco control front since 2003. It had a leading role in negotiations for the Convention too, as Regional Coordinator of South-east Asian countries, and advocated actively for an international treaty on tobacco control.

Use of the guidelines for implementation of Article 5.3 of the Convention will have an overarching impact on countries’ tobacco control policies and on implementation of the Convention, because the guidelines recognise that tobacco industry interference, including that of the State-owned tobacco industry, cuts across a number of tobacco control policy areas, as stated in the Preamble of the Convention. The purpose of these guidelines is to ensure that efforts to protect tobacco control from commercial and other vested interests of the tobacco industry are comprehensive and effective. Parties should implement measures in all branches of government that may have an interest in, or the capacity to, affect public health policies with respect to tobacco control.

There should be an effective tobacco surveillance system in the country which should collect information on prevalence of tobacco use, tobacco related morbidity and mortality, and policy and programme interventions of the government. It will definitely enhance the capacity of the government to find out the relation between tobacco and health status of the population; therefore it is expected to assist in setting public health priorities. There is an urgent need to strengthen the research in the country to deal with the problem of tobacco control.

Curbing the deadly killer

The following important activities are recommended for addressing the tobacco industry’s interference in public health policies:

  • Switch to Electronic Cigarettes-the Tobacco, Tar, Ash and Smokefree alternative.
  • Raise awareness about the addictive and harmful nature of tobacco products and about tobacco industry’s interference with parties’ tobacco control policies.
  • Establish measures to limit interactions with the tobacco industry and ensure the transparency of those interactions that occur.
  • Reject partnerships and non-binding or non-enforceable agreements with the tobacco industry.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest for government officials and employees.
  • Require that information provided by the tobacco industry be transparent and accurate.
  • Denormalize and, to the extent possible, regulate activities described as “socially responsible” by the tobacco industry, including but not limited to activities described as “corporate social responsibility”.

The smoking stats

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable death, estimated to kill more than five million people each year worldwide. Most of these deaths are in low and middle-income countries. The gap between tobacco-caused deaths in these countries and those in high-income countries is expected to widen further over the next several decades. Based on current statistics, the World Health Organisation has estimated that tobacco will cause eight million deaths every year by 2030. And 80 per cent of these premature deaths will take place in low-and middle-income countries. By the end of this century tobacco may kill a billion people or more unless urgent action is taken. .

Cigarette smoke is known as one of the major risk factors leading to heart attack. More than 700 chemical additives are found in cigarettes. Some of them are classified as toxic and not allowed in food. A lighted cigarette releases thousands of chemical compounds and poisons like carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide and as many as 43 carcinogens. But now, there is a new revolutionary anti-tobacco smoking machine in the market: Electronic Cigarettes.

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You may actually smoke less
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No Smoke smell
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Smoke where ever and when ever you want
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Cheaper Insurance
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India marks World No Tobacco Day with a Bang

Mumbai: On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Mumbaikars came out to express their choice in favour of good health and to protest against tobacco and its perils.

School children along with corporate czars and civic authorities joined hands to paint the city’s BEST buses with tobacco control messages in a public awareness drive organised by Salaam Bombay Foundation (SBF), an NGO, at Marol bus depot in suburban Andheri and the Bombay International School.

The BEST bus painting drive is part of a two-day tobacco control awareness programme initiated by SBF with school children from G D Somani School and Bombay International School painting buses with messages and also urging passersby to be tobacco-free. Skits and dances are also performed to encourage people to quit consuming tobacco. Devika Chadha, Programme Director, SBF, said, “We feel BEST buses are one of the best ways to propagate social messages since they move to every nook and corner of the city.”

A study released by SBF on May 29 revealed that more than 60 per cent of 200 government and civic-run schools surveyed had a tobacco-selling outlet within 100 yards, despite the civic body’s rule that tobacco products could not be sold near schools. Chadha said that the survey revealed that tobacco products like gutkha, bidis and cigarettes are easily available for the children.

According to Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi of Tata Memorial Hospital, the average age at which children start smoking in India is 16 while the average age they start consuming chewable tobacco products is 8-12 years. Mouth cancer can develop in 10-15 years in the latter case, he said and added that “we need to save our children.”

This year’s World No tobacco Day, being jointly observed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Cancer Patients’ Aid Association (CPAA) and WHO, will focus on the need to expose and counter the tobacco industry’s brazen and increasingly aggressive attempts to undermine the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control because of the serious danger they pose to public health. According to the WHO, tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death, killing six million people each year, of which more than 600,000 are people exposed to second hand smoke. Unless the world acts, the WHO warns that tobacco will kill up to 8 million people by 2030, of which more than 80 per cent will live in low and middle-income countries.

Anita Peter, CPAA director, says, “One of the main grouses we have against the tobacco industry is that it injects large philanthropic contribution into social programmes worldwide to create a positive public image under the guise of corporate social responsibility.”

World No Tobacco Day is the perfect landmark day to switch over to E-cigarettes. Smokefree India, India’s leading electronic cigarette company, believes that electric cigarettes are the perfect support system for heavy smoking addicts who have failed to quit smoking despite repeated attempts. This World No Tobacco Day, Smokefree India is running a widespread campaign to encourage urban India to switch to electronic cigarettes, to derive their nicotine kick without the damaging effects on tobacco.

 

Electronic Cigarette Benefits:


Healthier Alternative


  • Designed with smokers in mind
  • Electronic cigarettes contain zero tar, no passive smoke and no tobacco
  • There is no pollution or carbon monoxide emitted
  • Electronic cigarettes give off a vapor that resembles smoke
  • Instant nicotine hit just the same as a normal cigarette
  • Provide the same taste in a traditional tobacco or menthol flavour
  • Non-flammable – No burning of substances
  • No ash or cigarettes butts
  • More friendly to our environment
  • No ashtrays are needed
  • There are no lingering smells

 

Cheaper

 

  • E-cig refills cost far less then tobacco cigarettes
  • Around 80% cheaper than traditional smoking
  • Each cartomizer filter is comparable to 35-40 cigarettes

 

Smoke Anywhere

 

  • India Health Act – Smoking Ban Exempt
  • Legal to use indoors public places
  • Legal to smoke in pubs, clubs, restaurants, offices etc
  • Socially acceptable way of smoking
  • No flame – Safely smoke in bed
  • Inhale and exhale vapor so there is no second hand cigarette smoke
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Today is World No Tobacco Day: A Good Time to Quit.

Thursday marks World No Tobacco Day , and the Heart and Stroke Foundation and AfriForum have called on smokers to quit the dirty habit.

Julius Kleynhans, AfriForum’s Head of Environmental Affairs, said the day was an opportunity for people to stop smoking or to make environmentally responsible changes.“Smoking is very bad for your health, as is indicated on the packaging of all tobacco products, and causes about 5.4 million deaths worldwide every year,” said Kleynhans.

Kleynhans said that what the packaging of tobacco products did not indicate was that smoking was also harmful to the environment.“Cigarette butts that are thrown out of car windows, for example, pose a great risk to the environment, as they can cause veld fires,” he added.

AfriForum is concerned about the negative impact that tobacco products and their users, through their behaviour, have on the environment.“Tobacco products pollute various natural resources such as rivers. Sewage plants are under severe pressure and cigarette butts add to this problem by causing blockages in sewage water systems,” said Kleynhans.

Awareness gap

The Heart and Stroke Foundation questioned why, “despite years of anti-tobacco lobbying… there remains an ‘awareness gap’ when it comes to the link between smoking and heart disease?”

The foundation noted that a new report showed that in most parts of the world, large proportions of the population did not know that second-hand smoke caused heart disease. The damage done by second-hand smoke is a significant danger, killing more than 400 000 adults every year, with 87 percent of these deaths attributed to cardiovascular disease, the report found.

But Dr Vash Mungal-Singh, the chief executive of the foundation, called for a dual approach in this case: further legislation to severely restrict smoking in public places and continued awareness-raising campaigns to educate the public about the dangers of smoking and second-hand smoke.

“We are delighted that the new regulations tackle this issue and commend our minister of health, Dr Motsoaledi, for his proactive and visionary stance,” said Mungal-Singh. “These regulations show significant improvements in relation to the comprehensiveness of the embedded elements and pertinent definitions.”

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Smokefree e-cigs serve the purpose of helping people quit smoking by standing as an alternative to regular tobacco cigarettes. Smokefree E-cigarettes have batteries instead of tobacco, cartridges instead of nicotine, water vapour instead of smoke! A Smokefree cigarette is made up 3 components. 1) The Cartridge. This contains the flavoured e-liquid inhaled during smoking. 2) The Atomizer. This changes the liquid from the cartridge into a vapour(smoke look alike) 3) The Battery, which is rechargable and has a micro processor which controls the atomizer. The tip is an LED light which blinks when the battery is low. Smokefree e- cigarettes come with tobacco flavoured cartridges and infused flavoured cartridges, all of which can be customised with differing amounts of nicotine. One Cartridge for Rs 20 would last you the equivalent of one pack of cigarettes. Our electric cigarettes can be smoked legally in public places as they are Smokefree, and hence do not pose the dangers of passive smoking.
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