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Delhi extends ban on forms of tobacco

The Delhi government has extended its ban on several forms of tobacco for a year. Cigarettes are still available, but popular alternatives such as gutkha, pan masala, and kharra cannot be manufactured, stored, or sold in the national capital. A notification issued by the Food Safety Commissioner for the National Capital Region said the prohibition […]

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The threat of lung cancer – and the diagnostic treatment which offers hope

Lung cancer has emerged as a dominant public health threat in India, experts warn. One procedure offers a diagnostic hope in the fight against the disease.  Every year, two million Indians are affected by the disease, which accounts for 7.5 percent of the overall cancer burden in the country and ten percent of cancer-related deaths.

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Lung cancer: No longer just the disease of non-smokers?

Lung cancer is often thought of as a tobacco user’s disease, but new UK research suggests this may not be the case. Experts say non-smokers account for one in six lung cancer cases in the UK. Professor Paul Cosford – who himself is battling the disease, despite being a non-smoker – said “the absolute numbers

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Asthma inhalers are bad for the environment

Asthma inhalers are a boon for lung patients, but they are damaging the environment according to UK researchers. The most commonly used asthma inhalers emit, per five doses, the same amount of greenhouse gases as a nine-mile journey by car. This has prompted the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to encourage

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Air pollution is India’s apocalypse that won’t go away

More than two years ago, Greenpeace warned that India was facing an “apocalypse” because of air pollution. This week, we are given yet another warning about the public health catastrophe brewing in the air and festering in Indians’ lungs. This is thanks to the 2019 State of Global Air Report. In 2017, India lost 1.2 million

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How air pollution ruins child health

Poisonous air is causing toxic damage to people across the world. Nine out of ten of us breathe polluted air. Now for the first time, a World Health Organisation (WHO) report has highlighted its damaging impact on child health and survival. Over 93 percent of the world’s 1.8 billion children are exposed to toxic air

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Exposed: Big Tobacco’s firms sinister push to catch kids

Efforts to control tobacco use in India have failed to compel companies to clean up their act, new research suggests. Activists are calling for efforts to be stepped up to stop tobacco companies from illegally advertising to children. This follows a study conducted last month, which found such practises to be common. The Cigarettes and

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Why is lung cancer spreading among non-smokers?

Lung cancer is often thought of as a smoker’s disease – and for good reason. Tobacco use drastically increases one’s risk of developing the disease. Yet in India more and more lung cancer cases are being seen among people who have never smoked. A study conducted by doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH)

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An environmental health crisis: One in ten asthma patients gasp for breath in India

India holds between fifteen and twenty million asthma sufferers. Recent evidence suggests one in ten asthma patients reside in India. This can be seen as indicative of a wider crisis surrounding environmental health in India.  Asthma is the most common chronic condition among children worldwide. The cost of managing the condition is thought to exceed tuberculosis

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