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India and Bangladesh seek alternative Crop for Tobacco, to avoid interference by Tobacco Industry in Welfare Programmes

Tobacco farming is a source of livelihood to 4.6 crore Indians but looking at the disease burden caused by tobacco, the government wants to curb tobacco farming

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Greater Noida, November 11, 2016: India and Bangladesh on Thursday called for working towards finding an alternative crop for tobacco and avoiding interference by the tobacco industry in the welfare programmes.

Both countries have put a proposal before all members of the ongoing WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC) to engage relevant stakeholders and ministries of their governments in working towards the alternative crop.

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Taking into account the Article 17 and Article 18 of the convention, the two South Asian countries have also urged the international community to support mobilisation of resources to promote economically viable alternatives for tobacco growers and workers.

Article 17 of the convention includes the provision of support for economically viable alternative activities and Article 18 protection of the environment and the health of persons.

“We urge all the parties to call for policy coherence in the mandates of the governing bodies of relevant intergovernmental organisations,” said the draft copy — a copy of which is available with IANS.

According to Tobacco Institute of India (TII), tobacco is an extremely important commercial crop for the country as it contributes more than Rs 30,000 crore in tax revenue annually besides earning about Rs 6,000 crore in foreign exchange.

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However, the tobacco growers in the last couple of months have staged a series of protests, demanding that the government provide alternate crops farming for their survival which could equate the income generated by the tobacco farming.

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The world’s biggest anti-tobacco convention WHO FCTC commenced at India Exposition Mart here on November 7. It was inaugurated by Health Minister J.P. Nadda and would conclude on November 12.

India and Bangladesh, through their draft, have also proposed the member nations of the WHO FCTC to coordinate with intergovernmental organisations with relevant expertise such as the Food and Agricultural Organization, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) to mobilise required support for interested parties in developing pilot projects.

“We want the member nations to promote international cooperation and the exchange of information among interested parties, including South-South and Triangular cooperation,” the draft report said.

“To continue to document experiences and lessons learnt concerning alternative livelihood, organise and periodically update international database of resources, within the WHO FCTC coordination platform, of best practices, instruments and measures to support the implementation of the policy options and recommendations,” said the draft report.

India and Bangladesh have also sought the WHO FCTC to monitor on parties in terms of implementation of the Article 17 and Article 18, and submit the progress reports during the next convention on the implementation of the present decisions, including the experiences gathered before the sessions.

In another proposal, India, Thailand and Uruguay have sought WHO FCTC members to create a forum for the discussions and explore possible legal options, under the auspices of the Convention of Parties (COP) and Convention Secretariat, to minimise the risk of the tobacco industry making undue use of international trade and investment instruments to target tobacco control measures.

The three countries, through their proposal, have also sought creation of expert groups to develop recommendations on combating the tobacco industry’s legal challenge to the sovereign right of the states to regulate tobacco as a public health measure.

“To develop options to provide special treatment of tobacco in trade and investment agreements, in considerations of its unique nature,” said the draft copy.

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The three nations have also sought that every party of the convention should nominate members to the expert group, with a maximum of three per World Health Organization (WHO) region, taking into account relevant technical expertise, in particular in treating tobacco uniquely in trade and investment agreements. (IANS)

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Foot care: Solutions for Foot problems

Feet go through a lot of woes including pains, sweating, fungal infections, warts, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, bunions, blisters

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Foot care is one of the ignored but most important aspect of our overall health. Pixabay.
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  • Feet are the most important part of our body
  • They go through a lot of wear and tear and are subject to infection, pains, etc.
  • Foot care is very important for our over all health

The most important part that  bears it all and carries it all, is hence subjected to the maximum wear and tear. Feet go through a lot of woes including pains, sweating, fungal infections, warts, ingrown toenails, corns, calluses, bunions, blisters. Except for some people who take care of their feet to beautify themselves, it is one of those parts taken for granted, by both men and women.

Feet diseases can occur because of injuries or other bodily diseases. Bacterial and fungal infections too can occur as feet are usually maintained in a dank and damp enclosure. A commonly known fungal disease, athlete’s foot, is one such condition that occurs due to poorly maintained feet.

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Foot health should be a concern for everyone. Pixabay
Foot Care Tips

Choose the right footwear

An ideal footwear is one that is” not-ill-fitting and only comfortable”. The ideal footwear should cushion the feet without squeezing it excessively and distribute the entire weight of body onto both the soles. The features described are best found in a shoe with a rounded or boxy toe area and a modest heel at the most. But in the modern world, women often find themselves in high heels. Women hold the highest record of foot abuse by wearing medically unrecommended foot coverings since time known.  It causes various deformities and conditions including bunions, calluses, corns, in growing nails etc. These even change the alignment of pelvic bones leading to an unfavorable impact during childbirth.The minute you experience heel pain while wearing those stylish shoes, do not take the extra effort in continuing to wear them but only in discarding them.

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Choosing right footwear is very important fro foot health. Pixabay
Disease alert: Diabetic foot care

If you are a person with diabetes, check your feet regularly for any injury or ulcer. Timely intervention in such cases is always a great help.

Senior citizens? Take extra care

As you age your ability to fight diseases declines if you do not take the appropriate steps to equip your body with the right armor. Older age people might have nerve damage and reduced blood circulation. This might lead to an altered sensation in the feet. Visit your physician/ podiatrist regularly and take extra care of your feet if you fall in this category

Quit smoking

It is important to add foot problems too to that long list of problems due to smoking. Smoking can reduce the blood circulation in feet.

Smoking can be really dangerous for our foot health.
Smoking can be really dangerous for our foot health.
Promote blood circulation to your feet

Massage your feet gently and regularly. Avoid wearing tight-fitting shoes. Keep changing positions while sitting for long hours to avoid diminished blood circulation.

Foot care should not be a cursory affair

Consider foot health as part of your everyday routine. Wash them every day. Soak them in warm water (with soap too) for ten minutes on a weekly basis (at the least). This helps in cleaning the skin and nails and in maintaining soft skin.

Also Read: 4 Ways to Keep your Feet Healthy During Monsoon

Moisturize

Moisturization is sought by feet too. Do not forget to rub some petroleum free moisturizer on feet. It prevents cracks and dry skin.

Nail care

Trim your nails regularly.

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Taking care of our nails is just as equally important for our foot health. Pixabay
Protection

Never walk barefoot, always wear clean footwear and try not to share your footwear with anyone else.

The after effect of reading this message should not be “I will do it from tomorrow”. Do it now. Sometimes the “later” or “tomorrow ” becomes “never”. Same Condition

Foot care: Solutions for Foot problems