Smoking bans, higher tobacco taxes can save 9 million Indians: Study

Tobacco taxation remains very low, at around 38 per cent of cigarette and 9 per cent of bidi prices, far below the minimum of 70 per cent the WHO recommends," the research said. The results of this study, led by Sanjay Basu and colleagues of Stanford University , US, suggest that specific tobacco control strategies would be more effective than others for the reduction of CVD deaths over the next decade in India and possibly in other low- and middle-income countries. The authors investigated which tobacco control measures could best reduce the burden of CVD effectively in low- and middle-income countries by using a mathematical model. Their microsimulation model estimated the effects of various tobacco control measures and pharmacological therapies on deaths from heart attack and stroke in India between 2013 and 2022. Five different tobacco control measures were compared in the model: smoke-free legislation, tobacco taxation, provision of brief cessation advice by health care providers, mass media campaigns, and advertising bans. In addition, other factors such as increased access to aspirin, antihypertensive drugs, and statins were simulated for their effect on deaths from heart attack and stroke. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-07-11/news/40514971_1_tobacco-control-tobacco-taxation-heart-attack





Roanoke photographer's project explores the lives of tobacco farmers





Of 64 tobacco retailers, three failed inspections that checked whether the stores would sell products to minors. In fiscal year 2012, 33 of 66 stores sold to minors, according to an announcement from the city. The results in fiscal year 2012 prompted the city to ban the sale of tobacco products at pharmacies and require a minimum price of $2.50 for cigars in an effort to reduce youth tobacco purchases. Two of the three violators in fiscal year 2013, Linden Convenience and Malden Mini Mart, were repeat offenders and had their tobacco licenses suspended for seven days. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/07/13/sales-tobacco-minors-decline/QTDL4CqpbnEzuebYHkFhUO/story.html





Tobacco retail sales disappear in a puff





1. She answered some questions about herself and the project via email. Q: Tell me about your family. I grew up in Roanoke. I was born at Roanoke Memorial and lived just a block up the street from where I live now on Crystal Spring Avenue. So, although I live a nomadic lifestyle, my roots have stayed pretty well planted in Roanoke and to the neighborhood where I spent my early childhood. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://www.roanoke.com/living/arts/2014819-12/roanoke-photographers-project-explores-the-lives-of-tobacco.html





Sales of tobacco to minors decline





People often ask: Is our situation really that bad? Are we exaggerating? No, we are not. We are struggling to survive, Mr Chan said. There were 1,900 points of sale two or three years ago, but now the number stands at only about 700, facing fewer sales and soaring rents, he said. For the original version including any supplementary images or video, visit http://macaubusinessdaily.com/Business/Tobacco-retail-sales-disappear-puff