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AAP targets BJP over tobacco controversy; asks Speaker to take action

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party launched a verbal attack on BJP over the ongoing controversy about putting cautionary message on cigarette packs today. AAP asked the Speaker to take action against the members ‘who continue to the part of the committee without due declaration.’

In a statement the party accused BJP of supporting vested interests and industrial lobbies which are a major cause of cancer related deaths in the country.

The party pointed towards ministers like Ram Prasad Sarmah and Beedi Baron cum MP Shyam Charan Gupta denying the link between smoking and cancer as a clear of conflict of interest.

‘The public statements of BJP MPs in support of tobacco syndicate is not just grossly unethical but also raises several questions on the effectiveness of Parliamentary working.’ the release said and asked BJP to take a clear public stand on the issue.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly asked Health Minister JP Nadda to make health warning on 65% of the cigarette pack exterior mandatory.

Cigarette companies had to give statutory warnings on 85% of cigarette pack from April 1st according to a 2014 Union Health Ministry notification.

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Quit Smoking Else Develop Depression Or Schizophrenia

Study says that smoking cigarettes can increase the risk of developing depression

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Quit smoking as researchers have found that tobacco smoking may increase your risk of developing depression and schizophrenia. Pixabay

If you are a regular smoker, quit now as researchers have found that tobacco smoking may increase your risk of developing depression and schizophrenia.

“Individuals with mental illness are often overlooked in our efforts to reduce smoking prevalence, leading to health inequalities,” said study lead author Robyn Wootton from the University of Bristol.

“Our work shows that we should be making every effort to prevent smoking initiation and encourage smoking cessation because of the consequences to mental health as well as physical health,” Wootton added.

For the study, published in the journal Psychological Medicine, the research team used UK Biobank data from 462,690 individuals of European ancestry, comprising 8 per cent current smokers and 22 per cent former smokers.

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Smoking can have adverse effects on mental health and develops the risk of depression. Pixabay

The team applied an analytic approach called Mendelian randomisation, which uses genetic variants associated with an exposure (e.g. smoking) to support stronger conclusions about cause-and-effect relationships.

“The increasing availability of genetic data in large studies, together with the identification of genetic variants associated with a range of behaviours and health outcomes, is transforming our ability to use techniques such as Mendelian randomisation to understand causal pathways,” said study senior author Marcus Munafò.

“What this shows is that genetic studies can tell us as much about environmental influences – in this case the effects of smoking on mental health – as about underlying biology,” Munafo added.

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The research also suggests that smoking can have adverse effects on mental health.This new evidence adds further weight to support the implementation of smoke-free policies.

Not only is there evidence that smoking can be detrimental to mental health, but much of the excess mortality associated with depression is due to smoking, the study added. (IANS)