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Lucknow: Sale of loose cigarettes across Uttar Pradesh has been banned and deemed a penal offence with immediate effect, officials said here on Wednesday.

Manufacturing and sale of loose cigarettes would invite a fine and a prison sentence, according to the orders issued by principal secretary (health) Arvind Kumar.

The state cabinet approved the move last week and with Governor Ram Naik signing an ordinance, the health department issued orders to the effect late on Tuesday.

As per the new law, anybody found selling loose cigarettes would be face a fine of Rs 1,000 and serve a one-year jail term.

Any individual violating the law for a second consecutive occasion would face a fine of Rs 3,000 and serve a three-year jail term.

Anybody caught manufacturing loose cigarettes will face a fine of Rs 10,000 and serve a five-year jail term.

Police officials have been entrusted with the responsibility of enforcing the ban on manufacture and sale of loose cigarettes.

The officials said the move was mooted by the state health department, following a spurt in diseases like tuberculosis and cancer.


(IANS)

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Daily Cigarette Smokers Develop Greater Risk of Heart Attack, Says Study

The risk of heart attack starts to drop immediately after you stop smoking. Our results suggest the same is true when they stop using e-cigarettes

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Smoking conventional, e-cigarettes daily can be more dangerous: Study. Pixabay

Daily usage of conventional and electronic cigarette together can increase your chances of heart attack by five times, a new study has warned.

The findings showed that the use of both cigarettes in a day — which was the most common pattern observed among e-cigarette users — appeared to be more dangerous than using either product alone.

The research team also found that the use of electronic cigarettes everyday can nearly double the odds of a heart attack.

“Most adults who use e-cigarettes continue to smoke cigarettes. While they may think they are reducing their health risks, we found that the heart attack risk of e-cigarettes adds to the risk of smoking cigarettes,” said senior author Stanton Glantz, Professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

E-cigarettes deliver aerosol of nicotine and other flavours by heating a liquid, and are promoted as a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, which generate the nicotine aerosol by burning tobacco.

The study found that while e-cigarettes deliver lower level of carcinogens than conventional cigarettes, they deliver both ultrafine particles (about 1/50 the size of human hair) and other toxins that have been linked to cardiovascular and non-cancer lung disease risks.

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The research team also found that the use of electronic cigarettes everyday can nearly double the odds of a heart attack. Pixabay

For the study, the team involved 69,452 people. The participants were asked if they had ever used e-cigarettes and/or cigarettes, and whether they had ever been told by a doctor or other health professional that they had a heart attack.

Among the 9,352 current and former e-cigarette users, 333 (3.6 per cent) had experienced a heart attack at some point, with the highest percentage (6.1 per cent) among those who used e-cigarettes daily.

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In the study, a quarter of the 2,259 people who currently used e-cigarettes were former smokers of conventional cigarettes and about 66 per cent of current e-cigarette users were also current cigarette smokers.

However, the research also reported some good news if smokers quit.

“The risk of heart attack starts to drop immediately after you stop smoking. Our results suggest the same is true when they stop using e-cigarettes,” Glantz mentioned. (IANS)

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