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Government to increase pictorial warnings on tobacco products

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In order to reduce the consumption of tobacco, the government on Friday assured the Lok Sabha that it would increase the size of the pictorial warning on all the tobacco products.

Earlier, two of the BJP members of the parliamentary panel had made the controversial remarks, questioning that if there is a link between smoking and cancer.

However, to prevent the criticism for keeping a hold on the decision on larger pictorial warnings, the health minister J P Nadda said, “The government will see to it that the size of the health warnings on the tobacco products increases.”

“There is a direct relation between the consumption of tobacco and cancer. The ministry is consistent and crystal clear in its efforts to reduce tobacco consumption. We will go ahead once the panel submits its report,” added Nadda as the opposition members attacked the government in Lok Sabha over the statements made by the BJP members of the Parliamentary Committee of Subordinate Legislation.

As of now the government has put a hold on the decision, which will make it mandatory for tobacco firms to have 85 per cent pictorial warning on tobacco products. Earlier, this rule was supposed to come in effect from April 1.

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Kicking the Habit of Smoking Works Best in Pairs: Study

Lampridou noted that research is needed to confirm the findings in smokers who are otherwise healthy

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Is addiction not letting you quit smoking? Relax. A new study suggests that kicking the habit works best in pairs. The study, presented at EuroPrevent 2019, showed that couples who attempted to stop smoking together had a six-fold chance of success compared to patients who attempted it alone.

“Quitting smoking can be a lonely endeavour. People feel left out when they skip the smoke breaks at work or avoid social occasions. On top of that, there are nicotine withdrawal symptoms. Partners can distract each other from the cravings by going for a walk or to the cinema and encouraging replacement activities like eating healthy food or meditating when alone. Active support works best, rather than nagging,” said Magda Lampridou, Researcher from the Imperial College London in Britain.

For the study, the researchers evaluated the supporting role married or cohabiting partners might have in smoking cessation and enrolled 222 current smokers who were at high risk of cardiovascular disease or had suffered a heart attack.

Burning Cigarette. Wikimedia

The couples attended preventive cardiology programmes and during the 16-week programme, they were offered nicotine replacement therapy with patches and gum. In one programme, participants could choose the prescription drug, varenicline instead.

At the end of the programme, the findings revealed that 64 per cent of patients and 75 per cent of partners had quit smoking compared to none and 55 per cent in the beginning.

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European Society of Cardiology (ESC) cardiovascular prevention guidelines advise against tobacco in any form and people who stop smoking generally halve their risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Lampridou noted that research is needed to confirm the findings in smokers who are otherwise healthy. (IANS)