Andhra Pradesh village to be declared tobacco-free

Hyderabad: Sustained efforts of the members of a village in Andhra Pradesh have paid off as the place would be declared tobacco-free on May 31, the sources said. The announcement would be made on May 31, which is celebrated as the World No Tobacco Day.

Pongalipaka, a village with a population of 1,632 people, located in Madugula mandal and about 48 km from Hyderabad, will be declared a tobacco free village on May 31. It is a joint initiative of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and ‘Nature’.

According to Pongalipaka sarpanch (village-head) U Demudu N Satyanaryana, efforts in this direction began on August 15 2011 when it was decided that no villager would be allowed to chew tobacco and tobacco-based products like khaini and gutka.

The villagers held a meeting (gram sabha) and adopted a resolution to impose heavy penalty on those found smoking or chewing tobacco, gutka, khaini and other such products. Under a joint initiative of PHFI and ‘Nature’, all the shops, selling tobacco in the village were asked to stop doing so.

By November 2011 no tobacoo were sold in the village and shopkeepers diverted to other businesses, the sarpanch said. Pongalipaka had bagged Nirmal Gram Puraskar in 2007 for maintaining good hygiene and sanitation.

“We are very happy with the outcome of our sustained campaign and we are confident that 10 more villages in the district of GK Veedhi, Anantagiri, Paderu, Atchutapuram, Chintapalle and Koyyuru mandals would also be tobacco-free soon,” a PHFI spokesperson said.

The campaign has been implemented for a period of four years in six districts of Andhra Pradesh and parts of Gujarat with sanction of $5 million by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Apart from Visakhapatnam, the campaign is being implemented under Strengthening of Tobacco Control Efforts using Innovative Partnerships and Strategies (STEPS) project in East Godavari, Prakasham, Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar and Kurnool.

This World No Tobacco Day, Smokefree electronic cigarette urges India to give up smoking tobacco. For people who do not plan on quitting but cutting down on their tobacco consumption, the answer lies in the healthier smoking alternative-electric cigarettes. Amazingly similar in taste, flavour and smoking experience of regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes are actually anything but damaging.

Electronic cigarettes are devices which are used by smokers to replace their conventional cigarettes. This is a healthier way of smoking and the manufacturers claim that this can really help people in stopping and reducing addiction. The person inhales the vaporized nicotine produced by this device. This nicotine is produced from the propylene glycol. This is called nicotine solution which gets vaporized once the sensors that are present in the device detect air flow from the mouth piece when the user tries to smoke. The flavor experienced by the smoker is almost the same when they inhaled a tobacco.

E-cigarettes are non-polluting, non-flammable and non-carcinogenic. The smoker can inhale just the nicotine vapor and is not affected by that tar and tobacco which is found in the cigarettes. The state-of-the-art micro-electronic technology provides the user a real-time experience of smoking without affecting the environment and the people around. Normal cigarettes release about 4000 harmful chemical substances in addition to nicotine. This is avoided by the electronic cigarettes. The ingredients of the electronic cigarettes are not cancer-causing agents.

Electronic cigarettes have come a long way from their initial version. The current version looks more realistic and is comparatively more user friendly as compared to the earlier ones. The user gets almost the same satisfaction as the conventional cigarette. However, the major advantage is that it just offers ‘the experience’ of smoking but does not produce smoke. Unlike traditional cigarettes which release a cloud of smoke after a puff, there is no visual residue while using e-cigs. Hence, people around are not affected due to passive smoking. The usual effects of smoking like development of yellow fingers and teeth are completely prevented.

One must realize that the mind is basically addicted to nicotine, so if there is an option to derive nicotine from a non-tobacco source, then they should try it and see if it satisfy’s ones cravings. Tobacco is damaging, but nicotine is only addicting.

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On No Tobacco Day, Mumbai to spread awareness in a stylish way

The ministry of health and family welfare has tied up with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Cancer Patients’ Aid Association (CPAA) to observe World No Tobacco Day on May 31, to do away with the misconception that smoking is “cool”.

A WHO survey states that 76% of all Indian films portray tobacco consumption, with some of the biggest names in Bollywood promoting the trend. Actor Vivek Oberoi, the ambassador for WHO’s anti-smoking movement, said that such images influence young fans to take up smoking.“The main focus will be on creating awareness about the ill-effects of tobacco. We are also hoping to highlight and influence tobacco control activities as well as raise funds for cancer patients,” he added.

‘Tobacco Industry Interference’, this year’s theme, will focus on the tobacco industry’s “tactics to shape and influence tobacco control policy”.“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,” said Anita Peter, the director of CPAA.

Anti-tobacco activists synonymously agree that the tobacco industry’s advertising, marketing and promotion efforts influence smoking among adolescents, often to a greater extent than among adults.

The city will be host to a musical show, a flash mob, and a signature campaign in the coming days, and will bring together celebrities, corporate houses and the youth to fight the menace of tobacco consumption. Activists hope that the campaign will attract the attention of the media and of policy makers who in turn can influence the need for regulation on tobacco product placement in films and advertisements.

This World No Tobacco Day, Smokefree electronic cigarettes feel that people should mark May 31st as a landmark day for quitting smoking, and if this seems impossible, then at least making the switch to e-cigarettes.

The electronic cigarette contains only a minimal amount of ingredients when compared to the 4000+ chemicals found in traditional cigarettes. The ingredients consists of flavoring additives to create many great flavors such as menthol, tobacco, peppermint, chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cherry, cola and more. The liquid also contains distilled water, glycerin, and propylene glycol. Propylene glycol is the active vapor producing ingredient. It is a food additive with a “GRAS” status, this means “generally recognized as safe” and is approved by the FDA for use in foods, drugs, and cosmetics. It has been found in many consumer products dating back to the 1930′s and it has also been found in asthma inhalers since the 1950′s. You will find it used in theatrical productions to create fake smoke, and it is pumped through hospital air ducts to clean the air. There are many uses for the product and the average person has most likely consumed it before.

The list of benefits for ecigs goes on and on. Some of these benefits include: You will not stain your fingers, teeth, curtains, walls, or windshield with cigarette smoke residue. You will no longer smell like smoke and neither will your house, your car, your breath or your hands. You eliminate a major risk of fire to your home that burning cigarettes and lighters created. You will not produce any ashes or cigarette butts and because of this you will no longer need ash trays in your home. Getting rid of ash trays will also help with the smell in your car and your home.

Smoke Electric Cigarettes Just About Anywhere

We have been traveling around promoting electronic cigarettes and have had successful use and acceptance of them in many night clubs, bars and restaurants in many states. We have even spoken with people who use them in airport waiting terminals as well as offices. Since they do not create any 2nd hand smoke or foul odor, it doesn’t really bother anyone around you. And since it is not smoke that is being emitted from the e cig, it does not fall under the smoking ban that is in effect against the indoor use of cigarettes in many states. We do recommend that you be ready to explain what the product is because we did have some bouncers who were convinced it was a real cigarette! Once it was properly disclosed and explained…they allowed it. The indoor use of this product is definitely a big win for the smoking community.

Choose your own Nicotine Level with the Electronic Cigarette

One of the greatest things about the e cigarette technology is that it allows you to choose your own nicotine level. This means you can choose from high, medium, low, or non-nicotine cartridges. Smokers have never had the ability to do this before. It has not existed as an option in the tobacco industry or the smoking cessation industry. You can now start at high and work your way to medium, low, or non-nicotine.(or vice-versa). This gives smokers much more freedom when it comes to nicotine consumption and is definitely being applauded by the smokers of the world.

Electronic Cigarettes Save Money.

Switching to an e cigarette can save a smoker a large amount of money compared to the high priced packs they are buying. Many states have enacted super high tobacco taxes to try to make extra income to offset their budgets. This has hurt many smokers who continue to smoke the same amounts but are now out more money every month. The electronic cigarette is here right in time to offer some great savings using refillable nicotine cartridges.

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Vivek Oberoi attends World No Tobacco Day Event at Trident Hotel

This World No Tobacco Day, the results of the CPAA, Snap-a-moment, a photography competition were announced during a press conference at Trident Hotel, BKC on 25th May 2012. SIMSREE students were present at the press conference as volunteers due to their association with the Cancer Aid Body. Mr. Arup Patnaik, Police Commissioner of Mumbai was the Chief Guest for the event. The event also saw the presence of noted celebrities like Vivek Oberoi, Atul Kasbekar, Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, Rituparna Sengupta among many others.

The Cancer Patients Aid Association of India (CPAA) has always supported the notion of a tobacco free world. SIMSREE has been associated with CPAA and has been an active partner in the events conducted by the cancer aid body. The SSR (Student Social Responsibility) Committee at SIMSREE had partnered with CPAA in organizing a social event, Sankalp earlier this year.

On 27th May 2012 CPAA will be organizing a Music Concert that will feature the likes of Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Shaan, Shweta Pandit and Neha Basin at the Rang Sharda Auditorium, Bandra. SIMSREE students will again be present for this Music Concert as volunteers to ensure the smooth functioning of the event.

Smokefree electronic cigarettes supports the initiative undertaken by CPAA and SIMSEE students to eliminate smoking and encourages the use of e-cigarettes as support for smoking addicts. Smokefree Electronic 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. E-cigs can be smoked legally in public places as they are Smokefree.

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Make everyday ‘No Tobacco Day”, Switch to E-cigs

May 31 is World No Tobacco Day. Smoking actually is a socially acceptable form of substance abuse that causes more deaths than more vilified ones like alcohol, cocaine, crystal meth and other recreational drugs. Cigarettes contain over a dozen carcinogens and 1 out of every 3 cancer-related deaths is caused due to use of tobacco products. Smokers even whilst accepting the hazardous effects of smoking simply don’t have the will power or gumption to quit. There are various smoking cessation methods that help smokers quit including nicotine patches, gums and e-cigarettes where the underlying principle is to give addicts the nicotine “kick” without the harmful carcinogens found in tobacco. The most popular one is the electronic cigarette or the E-cig.

What’s an e-cig?

An electronic cigarette is a device that mimics the entire smoking process by producing a mist which has the same sensation (sometimes the same flavour too) of smoking. The concept of an electronic cigarette has been around since the 60s but tobacco consumption wasn’t really considered hazardous back then and it took until 2003 for the first smokefree e-cigarette to hit the market.

Electronic Cigarettes manufacturers claim that they are like real cigarettes except that there are no hazardous health implications because there is no combustion, no tobacco and no smoking. Also since there is no passive smoking, second hand smoke and pollution due to butt litter or smoke.

What’s in an e-cig?

The e-cigarette basically consists of three parts: Cartridge, Atomizer and Power supply.

The cartridge’s a mouthpiece (like a cigarette’s butt) that usually holds the liquid that is to be vaporized. The atomizer serves as a heating element and vaporizes the liquid and each of them contains a power supply like a chargeable plug, USB drive or batteries.

An e cigarette produces nicotine infused vapour and though it looks like smoke is actually atomised air. Some e-cigs replace this nicotine vapour with other flavours like vanilla, chocolate, etc. though certain anti-smoking groups feel this could encourage minors to smoke. As a smoking cessation tool some manufactures even look to replicate the flavour of particular brands like Marlboro, Camel, etc.

Are they really less harmful?

E-cigs are primary used as a smoking replacement or a smoking cessation device to help smokers quit though the lack of studies and its relative novelty make it hard to judge its health effects. According to United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), known carcinogens were detected into the nicotine-cartridges and there were also concerns it could be marketed to younger people. However FDA methods have been derided in various journals for lack of evidence and which claimed that the nicotine content was a lot lower than actual cigarettes as were the health hazards.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on the other hand have voiced their opinion that though e-cigs are usually marketed as devices for nicotine replacement therapy there were no studies to back up that claim and has refused to endorse the device.

Research carried out at the University of East London suggests that nicotine content doesn’t seem to be of central importance but other smoking related mannerisms like taste, vapour resembling smoke and hand movements helps reduce discomfort related with tobacco abstinence in the short term.

In an online survey conducted by the University of Alberta, School of Public Health in 2009 among 303 smokers, it was found that e-cigarette substitution for tobacco cigarettes resulted in reduced health problems, the kind that usually ails smokers (less cough, improved ability to exercise, -improved sense of taste and smell).


Although there isn’t conclusive evidence to suggest that e-cigs are completely harmless at least all the research studies suggest that they and are definitely less harmful than traditional cigarettes. They also provide smokers with the means to quit by mimicking the mannerisms of long time users right from the hand movements, inhaling and the atomised vapour that imitates smoke.

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World No Tobacco Day – Mark your journey to being Smokefree

The World Health Organization has declared May 31 of every year, as World No Tobacco Day, to create awareness of tobacco and its harmful effects.

In 1987, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared May 31 of every year, as World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) to create awareness of tobacco and its harmful effects. This day also serves as a reminder that to reduce the high incidence of diseases like oral cancer, lung cancer and cardiovascular problems, tobacco consumption has to reduce dramatically.

In India, one-third of all adults or approximately 275 million people use tobacco in one form or the other. It is estimated that if no preventive steps are taken on time, 1, 43,963 Indians will be diagnosed with oral and pharyngeal cancers and 91,029 will die of the disease by 2015.As per Global Adult Tobacco Survey results, nearly half of all tobacco users want to quit and over one-third had attempted quitting within past one year. Vast majority were not successful because upon quitting, a tobacco user experiences stress due to withdrawal symptoms such as headaches, nausea, anxiety, depression or other physical symptoms. To relieve some of these withdrawal symptoms, a safe-to-use and effective treatment such as Electronic cigarettes is advised.

Electric cigarettes are the most revolutionary and life transforming products available in the market today. Smokefree Electronic 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.

Globally NRT products such as nicotine patches, gum, lozenges, sprays, inhalers and sublingual tablets have all proved highly unsuccessful in the fight for quitting smoking, even nicotine gum being the most widely used form of NRT has failed miserably. Research shows that it takes up to 12 weeks for the nicotine receptors in the brain to switch off. Measures taken during these crucial 12 weeks play a critical role in determining success rates.

During these crucial 12 weeks, the most effective way to switch those nicotine receptors off is through these miraculous e-cigs.

12 week quit plan:

1) Announce your quit plans to close friends and family
2) Reduce craving with the help of Smokefree Electronic Cigarettes.
3) Substitute the urge to smoke with deep breathing or exercise
4) Resist triggers such as coffee, tea and alcohol which in turn can ruin the quit attempt
5) Reward yourself for every day/week that you remain tobacco free
6) Chew on nuts, fruits, nutritious items like carrot and cucumber slices to help fight craving

Tobacco consumers can also seek support from tobacco cessation quit lines. These toll-free numbers provide tobacco-users with expert counseling and guidance/support over the phone. Globally they have been recognized for providing access to evidence-based tobacco cessation treatment despite geographical barriers.
A tailor-made plan that suits the smoker’s lifestyle and routine along with right treatment is instrumental in helping a smoker become an ex-smoker!

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