1. Govt retreats in face of hostility, ban on sale of loose cigarettes may be put on hold

Govt retreats in face of hostility, ban on sale of loose cigarettes may be put on hold

A Health Ministry proposal to ban sale of loose cigarettes is likely to be put on hold following...

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 3, 2014 9:30 PM
Government sources said an inter-ministerial consensus over the issue is also unlikely to evolve soon.  (Reuters)

Government sources said an inter-ministerial consensus over the issue is also unlikely to evolve soon. (Reuters)

A Health Ministry proposal to ban sale of loose cigarettes is likely to be put on hold following objections by some MPs, including some Union ministers, and farmers associations against taking drastic regulatory steps.

At a meeting called by Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu, Health Minister J P Nadda assured the MPs that he will look into all issues pertaining to tobacco and arecanut growers and industry before taking any policy decision.

Union Ministers besides MPs from two major tobacco- producing states Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, including Ananth Kumar and Nirmala Sitharaman and Mohanbhai Kundaria, were present at the meeting where Nadda was told to address all concerns and not to take any hasty step.

Naidu, who also discussed the issue with Agriculture Minister Radhamohan Singh, said tobacco and arecanut are two important cash crops in the country and in many parts, the livelihood of farmers depend on them.

The parliamentarians were of the view that without providing suitable alternatives to cash crops in tobacco and arecanut-growing areas, farmers should not be penalised by introducing drastic regulatory measures, sources said.

Government sources said an inter-ministerial consensus over the issue is also unlikely to evolve soon.

Naidu, who hails from Andhra Pradesh, said the proposed regulatory amendments will only result in shift in consumption from cigarettes to other cheaper tobacco products like bidis, chewing tobaccos without curtailing overall tobacco consumption.

He convened the meeting after getting representations from tobacco-growing farmers associations in the two states on the likely adverse impact on their livelihood due to the proposed amendment to the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act.

Naidu told reporters later that Nadda was told not to take any “hasty” step till inter-ministerial consultations are over and until alternative crops are decided. A proposal to bring restrictions should not be brought now till the issues are resolved.
India is the second largest tobacco producer in the world and its export earns it foreign exchange over Rs 6,000 crore annually.

As regards arecanut along with betel, it was emphasised that they were integral part of Indian tradition and being used widely since ancient times in religious activities, weddings and other functions.

Naidu said Nadda assured the meeting that he will look into all issues pertaining to tobacco and arecanut growers and industry before taking any policy decision.

Nadda had told Rajya Sabha last week that his ministry has accepted recommendations of an expert panel, which was constituted to give suggestions for reducing tobacco consumption, that sale of loose cigarettes be banned and circulated a Cabinet note for inter-ministerial consultations.

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    jacklisterio
    Dec 3, 2014 at 10:13 pm
    Not 1 Death or Sickness Etiologically igned to Tobacco. All the diseases attributed to smoking are also present in non smokers. It means, in other words, that they are multifactorial, that is, the result of the interaction of tens, hundreds, sometimes thousands of factors, either known or suspected contributors - of which smoking can be one. Here's my all-time favorite "scientific" study of the the anti-smoking campaign: "Lies, ed Lies, & 400,000 Smoking-Related Deaths," Robert A. Levy and Rosalind B. Marimont, Journal of Regulation, Vol. 21 (4), 1998.
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      jacklisterio
      Dec 3, 2014 at 10:11 pm
      This pretty well destroys the Myth of second hand smoke: :vitals.nbcnews/_news/2013/01/28/16741714-lungs-from-pack-a-day-smokers-safe-for-transplant-study-finds?lite Lungs from pack-a-day smokers safe for transplant, study finds. By JoNel Aleccia, Staff Writer, NBC News. Using lung transplants from heavy smokers may sound like a cruel joke, but a new study finds that organs taken from people who puffed a pack a day for more than 20 years are likely safe. What’s more, the analysis of lung transplant data from the U.S. between 2005 and 2011 confirms what transplant experts say they already know: For some patients on a crowded organ waiting list, lungs from smokers are better than none. “I think people are grateful just to have a shot at getting lungs,” said Dr. Sharven Taghavi, a cardiovascular surgical resident at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, who led the new study........................... Ive done the math here and this is how it works out with second ahnd smoke and people inhaling it! The 16 cities study conducted by the U.S. DEPT OF ENERGY and later by Oakridge National laboratories discovered: Cigarette smoke, bartenders annual exposure to smoke rises, at most, to the equivalent of 6 cigarettes/year. 146,000 CIGARETTES SMOKED IN 20 YEARS AT 1 PACK A DAY. A bartender would have to work in second hand smoke for 2433 years to get an equivalent dose. Then the average non-smoker in a ventilated restaurant for an hour would have to go back and forth each day for 119,000 years to get an equivalent 20 years of smoking a pack a day! Pretty well impossible ehh! The w tone of the article seems to be that the NHS is prepared to grant us an enormous favour by consenting to use our filthy organs. Oh, and don't miss the comments; they're hilarious... :www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2756908/Donor-lungs-heavy-smoker-That-s-terrible-dilemma-Sharee-faced
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