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Bidi smoking causes 6-lakh deaths in India every year

Bidi smoking causes 6-lakh deaths in India every year

Pune, May 6 (UNI): Despite a Bidi lobby trying for lower rates in Goods and Services Tax (GST), activists are hoping that Bidi will be taxed as other tobacco products. Of the 12-lakh deaths in India every year from tobacco, Bidi amoking alone causes 6-lakh deaths every year. It accounts for nearly 80 to 90 per cent of the total tobacco products in India. The number of Bidis sold is eight times the number of cigarettes sold. The Government should make all tobacco products prohibitively expensive in the GST era, Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, head and neck surgeon at Tate Memorial Hospital, said here today. A recent letter from 108 cancer centres led by Dr RA Badwe, Director, Tata Memorial Centre, to Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated, “GST is a golden opportunity to correct the historical aberrations in tobacco taxation in India. In the interest of the citizens of India, especially future generations, we sincerely urge you to put all tobacco products including Bidis in the category of demerit goods.” Bidis are consumed by 9.2 per cent of the adult population and cigarettes by 5.7 per cent as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey. It is known that Bidis account for a very high percentage of tobacco related deaths and a product leading to 6-lakh deaths cannot be taxed at lower rate. UNI SP SNU 1202

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WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare

WHO calls for urgent action to reduce patient harm in healthcare

14 Sep 2019 | 10:25 AM

Kolkata, Sep 14 (UNI) Millions of patients are harmed each year due to unsafe health care worldwide resulting in 2.6 million deaths annually in low-and middle-income countries alone.

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WHO South-East Asia Region sets 2023 target to eliminate measles, rubella

WHO South-East Asia Region sets 2023 target to eliminate measles, rubella

05 Sep 2019 | 2:11 PM

New Delhi, Sep 5(UNI) Member countries of WHO South-East Asia Region on Thursday resolved to eliminate measles and rubella by 2023, to prevent deaths and disabilities caused by these highly infectious childhood killers diseases.

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WHO revises recommendations on hormonal contraceptive use for women at high HIV risk

WHO revises recommendations on hormonal contraceptive use for women at high HIV risk

30 Aug 2019 | 1:21 PM

Kolkata, Aug 30 (UNI) The World Health Organization (WHO) has revised its guidance on
contraceptive use to reflect new evidence that women at high risk of HIV can use any form
of reversible contraception, including progestogen-only injectables, implants and intrauterine
devices (IUDs), without an increased risk of HIV infection.

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Taking the pulse of peatland carbon emissions could measure climate impact of development: Scientists

Taking the pulse of peatland carbon emissions could measure climate impact of development: Scientists

14 Aug 2019 | 4:58 PM

New Delhi, Aug 14 (UNI) A new way to 'take the pulse' of carbon emissions could help track how the industrial development of peatlands contributes to climate change, as well as measure their recovery once it ends, according to researchers.

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Too much time on smartphones leads to obesity, deadly disease

Too much time on smartphones leads to obesity, deadly disease

27 Jul 2019 | 5:47 PM

New York, Jul 27 (UNI) Smartphone addiction could lead to serious weight gain and the onslaught of deadly diseases, according to a new study.

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