Sunday, Dec 04, 2022

Smoking, Tobacco etc

Syria Executes 24 People On Charges Of Igniting Wildfires

Oct 21, 2021 Associated Press (AP)

Wildfires broke out in several Middle Eastern countries in October 2020 amid a heat wave that was unusual for that time of the year, leaving Syria particularly hard-hit.

'No Evidence To Prove Smoking Addiction Caused Lung Cancer': Court Asks Insurer To Pay Claim

Oct 02, 2021 Outlook Web Desk

The insurance company had refused to pay the medical claim saying the patient’s addiction to smoking was the reason for his disease.

Amitabh Bachchan Requested To Withdraw Himself From Pan Masala Ad Campaign

The National Organization For Tobacco Eradication has requested megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a letter to withdraw himself from the pan masala ad campaign as it influences youngsters.

India Scored A Self-Goal With Its E-Cigarette Ban

May 31, 2021 Samrat Chowdhery

Amid mounting evidence pointing to the relative safety of e-cigarettes compared to combustible ones, India’s ban on the former appears to be on shaky ground

Smokers Are 1.4 Times More Likely To Report Severe Covid Symptoms As Compared To Non-Smokers

Being an important immune modulator, tobacco suppresses the immune system by reducing antibody responses and thereby causing hindrance to fight coronavirus.

30 May, 2021

WHO Says Smokers At 50% Higher Risk Of Developing Severe Disease, Death From Covid-19

Outlook Web Bureau

WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus's statement said smokers can develop cancer, heart diseases, and respiratory illnesses from the coronavirus.

28 April, 2021

Fact Check: Are Smokers And Vegetarians Less Vulnerable To Covid? Here’s The Truth

Outlook Web Bureau

The survey suggested that despite coronavirus being a respiratory disease, smoking might be beneficial due to its role in increasing mucous production.

28 March, 2021

Did The Pandemic Slow Down The Fight Against Smoking?

Associated Press (AP)

Fewer smokers called quit-smoking hotlines last year and some smoked more, contributing to an unusual bump in cigarette sales.

19 March, 2021

Pollution, Smoking And ‘Long Covid’...A Blow-by-Blow Account Of Drama That Could Play Out Inside Your Body

Anirban Mitra

You know by now that the coronavirus doesn’t merely attack your lungs. But how does the presence of a whole axis of co-morbidities amplify the dangers? Here’s the science.

18 November, 2020

'Smoking Reduces Natural Defences': Research Sheds Light On Covid-19 Risk For Smokers


A new research explains how smoking links to increased risk of severe Covid-19 infection

29 September, 2020

Reign In Tobacco To Control Tuberculosis

Sarman Singh

The chemical components of tobacco smoke can trigger activation of latent tuberculosis, and smoking can also increase the risk of disability and death in people with active tuberculosis. More than 20% of global tuberculosis incidence is attributable to smoking, and it doubles the risk of the disease.


22 April, 2019

Kick The Butt! Save The Earth!

Ritika Dubey

Cigarette butts — whose filters contain tiny plastic fibres — are the most common type of plastic waste found in the environment.

31 January, 2019

Ram, Krishna Did Not Smoke, Why Should We: Baba Ramdev To Sadhus At Kumbh Mela

Outlook Web Bureau

We sadhus have left everything including our home, mother and father for a greater cause, then why we cannot leave smoking," Yoga guru Ramdev said.

26 December, 2018

EC Bans Tobacco Products At Polling Booths During 2019 Elections

Outlook Web Bureau

The presiding officer of each polling booth will be nominated as nodal officer for ensuring tobacco-free status at their booths.

22 December, 2018

Vistara Passenger Insists On Smoking Mid-Air, Offloaded

Outlook Web Bureau

The UK-707 flight from Amritsar to Kolkata flight was scheduled to have a halt in Delhi, which is where the incident was reported prior to take off.

24 September, 2018

Ban On Tobacco Display Proved Effective In Reducing Smoking In Children

Outlook Web Bureau

According to latest research removing displays of tobacco products from shops may have reduced the proportion of children buying cigarettes by 17 per cent

19 March, 2018

Wish Someone Warned Me Against Tobacco Usage 40 Years Ago, Says Sharad Pawar

Outlook Web Bureau

Pawar, a cancer survivor, was speaking in Mumbai at the launch of the Indian Dental Association's mission to eradicate oral cancer by 2022.


15 March, 2018

Pierce Brosnan Says Pan Bahar Kept Him In Dark About 'Nature Of The Product', Alleges Cheating

Outlook Web Bureau

The Delhi government had recently issued a show-cause notice to Brosnan

Photo Gallery

A farmer sits near his red chillies at a deserted APMC market, during the weekend curfew imposed by the Karnataka government to curb the spread of COVID-19, in Hubballi.

PTI Photo

Delhi Chief Minister & AAP National Convenor Arvind Kejriwal being welcomed by women supporters during his door-to-door campaign ahead of the Goa Assembly elections, in Goa.

PTI Photo

A health worker collects swab sample of a woman for COVID-19 test, amid concerns over rising Omicron cases, in Gurugram.

PTI Photo

Traffic jam on a road at Shalimar Bagh during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

The Lajpat Nagar market wears a deserted look during the weekend curfew imposed by the Delhi government to curb the spread of Covid-19, in New Delhi.

PTI Photo/ Shahbaz Khan

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The pandemic has made it clear that virtual learning is here to stay. In the West, the big question is whether it will dilute the quality of the college experience and education. In India, which grapples with digital divide, the question remains whether this will reach most people at all.

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Even after two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, many 'informed' individuals in India continue to deny the virus with unscientific claims and unfounded data. The latest? Omicron will end the pandemic.

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What Is The Future Of The Liberal Arts In Asia?

Across Asia there are deeply entrenched obstacles to a mode of higher education that is liberal in multiple senses – disciplinary and epistemological but also social and political.

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Nagaland To Lakhimpur Kheri: Rights, Regimes And Restitutions in Times Of Turbulence

The two incidents in the recent past, one in Mon district of Nagaland and the other at Lakhimpur Kheri in Uttar Pradesh, undermined the core principles democracy and federalism.

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