first_imgThe Union Health Minister said that the government hasThe Union Health Minister said that the government has banned certain kinds of smokeless tobacco products like gutkha and chewing tobacco through notification issued under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006.He said that other tobacco products are regulated by Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA 2003).Replying to another question,Nadda said that his Ministry has notified the new health warnings through the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Amendment Rules.The new Rules on pictorial health warnings has come into effect from April 1, 2016.He said that as per the ICMR study “Assessment of Burden of Disease due to Non-Communicable Diseases (2006)”, based on analysis of published literature till 2004, the risk of disease attributable to tobacco use was 78 per cent for stroke, 65.6 per cent for tuberculosis, 85.2 per cent for ischemic heart disease, 52 per cent for acute myocardial infarction, 43 per cent for oesophageal cancer, and 16 per cent for lung cancer respectively.”Essentially, all body systems (Nervous, Respiratory, Digestive, Circulatory & Haematological, Immune, Endocrine & Metabolism, Excretory, Reproductive, Sensory, Cutaneous, and Skeletal) are affected by smoking.”Consumption of smokeless tobacco products may cause oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, oesophageal cancer, cardiovascular diseases, chronic bronchitis (linked to use of snuff), low birth weight babies and stillbirths, reduced fertility in men, retarded wound healing, periodontal diseases, halitosis (bad breath), and oral infections,” he said. PTI TDS RCJ PAL RCJlast_img

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