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Vaping (Representational image) | Pax Devices Images by Cayce Clifford | Bloomberg

Blanket vaping ban could do more harm than good to smokers, say experts

Paper published in Science journal says rushed blanket ban on e-cigarettes takes away a powerful tool from smokers trying to quit the habit.
fossil fuel

How fossil fuel industry misled Americans deliberately about climate change

Scientists working for the fossil fuel industry knew about the potential warming effects of CO2 emissions as early as the 1950s.
Nirmala Sitharaman in the Parliament | Photo: Praveen Jain | ThePrint

E-cigarettes or porn: Banning is always the Indian politician’s first response

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s move banning e-cigarettes will just push users towards the black market.

Why the clamour to ban e-cigarettes in India when cigarettes and beedis are allowed?

The Narendra Modi-led government is likely to bring an ordinance to prohibit the manufacture and sale of e-cigarettes in India.
Vaping is the latest fad among Indians trying to quit smoking | Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Flavours, cool tricks, & even earning money: Vaping isn’t just about quitting tobacco

Indians are increasingly taking to vaping and studies are yet to conclusively tell us if it is indeed a healthier alternative to smoking.
A shopkeeper selling tobacco products

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. 

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.