Monday, 3 October, 2022
TopicTobacco industry

Topic: tobacco industry

Inside story of how billionaires of big-brand pan masala industry got around an ad ban

Despite ban on advertisement and sale of pan masala and gutka, the industry's biggest brands and barons have thrived by using IPL, fancy commercials and Bollywood stars.

SubscriberWrites: Facebook controversy of 2021 is a throwback to the Big Tobacco fiasco of the 90s

Subscribers write back with their views on the most urgent issues of the day.

Study claiming smoking prevents Covid taken down, researchers linked with tobacco industry

Study published in European Respiratory Journal in July 2020 joined a series of studies that generated a worldwide flurry of interest, but last month the journal published a retraction.

Tobacco killed 500,000 Americans in 2020 — same as the pandemic

A potential solution to tobacco-related deaths is a corporate ‘death penalty’.

India’s Tobacco Control Act must be amended, should recognise WHO guidelines, says report

The 50-page report, which was submitted to the Ministry of Health, highlights ‘glaring gaps’ such as allowing smoking in designated areas and the sale of single stick cigarettes.

RSS affiliate to Modi govt: Withdraw pictorial warning order or face beedi industry shutdown

BMS says govt’s 13 April order making it mandatory to carry pictorial warnings on beedi bundles from 1 September will hit industry hard at a ‘most inopportune’ time.

Tobacco companies in China are opening schools, and the Chinese welcome it

Many such ‘tobacco schools’ were built following the devastating Sichuan earthquake in 2008.

Gutkha is banned but nobody seems to know that in the Indian capital

In 2002, the Supreme Court had banned the sale of gutkha. Despite the ban, gutkha is easily available in shops today and most shopkeepers are totally unaware of the law. 

Battleground for tobacco control is in emerging markets like India

WTO has upheld Australia’s plain-packaging laws. But emerging markets may still deliver a new generation of addicts.

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Over 38% inmates in Indian jails are OBCs, 10% increase in a decade, study finds

Religious minorities, specifically Muslims and Sikhs, have been overrepresented among prison inmates for years now, but there have been some shifts in the last decade, NCRB data shows.
A man counts Indian currency notes inside a shop in Mumbai, India | Reuters/Francis Mascarenhas

RBI tells state refiners to reduce dollar buying in spot market, contain sharp fall in rupee

RBI has ensured that $9 billion has been made available at overseas branches of some Indian banks for the country's three state-run refiners to tap, according to sources.


Naval Group & IIT Goa signing agreement to extend partnership on 28 September | Twitter @navalgroup

France’s Naval Group, IIT Goa extend R&D deal for underwater surveillance, submarine imaging

Agreement will act as catalyst for improving analysis of data collected by underwater sensors through application of neural systems & AI.

India’s hijab supporters will lose even if they win SC battle. Because the real war is political

In a highly polarised time, cornered minorities tend to lean back and protect the roots and fundamentals of what is so dear to them. Politically, it can often be a bad trap.