Why more than 20 countries, including India, have banned the sale of e-cigarette products

By Lorraine Martin, James Reihill* The White House recently announced plans to ban flavoured e-cigarettes – except for tobacco-flavoured products – because of a rise in the number of middle and high school students using these products. A few days later, India’s cabinet approved an emergency order banning the production, import and sale of e-cigarettes. … Continue reading Why more than 20 countries, including India, have banned the sale of e-cigarette products

Indonesia is a great example to illustrate importance of local leadership and action to control tobacco

By Shobha Shukla* The 4th Summit of Asia Pacific Cities Alliance for Tobacco Control and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) Prevention (APCAT) will open in Bogor, Indonesia, on September 25, 2019, which also happens to be World Lung Day. This two-days regional meet is jointly organized by APCAT, Ministry of Health Indonesia, Republic of Indonesia, Bogor City, … Continue reading Indonesia is a great example to illustrate importance of local leadership and action to control tobacco

Higher poverty, illiteracy among Muslims explains desire for more children, but situation is changing

By Amitabh Kundu* A reduction in the share of children and an increase in the adult population are important for achieving a high rate of economic growth since it will lead to an increase in the percentage of the working population. The “World Population Prospects 2019” has reported that India’s total fertility rate (TFR) has … Continue reading Higher poverty, illiteracy among Muslims explains desire for more children, but situation is changing

Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

Excerpts from the paper “A comparison of the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages from 12 countries using the Health Star Rating nutrient profiling system, 2013–2018”, published in Obesity Reviews, World Obesity Federation: We compared the healthiness of packaged foods and beverages between selected countries using the Health Star Rating (HSR) nutrient profiling system. Packaged … Continue reading Packaged food: India consistently ranked towards bottom for all measures of nutritional quality

What drives an affluent and established entrepreneur with a strong political backing to end life

By Subir Rana* Suicides are tragedies of a colossal nature, one that brings emotional despair and financial havoc on the dependents and relatives of the family. In India, one could witness a trend in this phenomenon especially in the case of farmers suicides in different parts of the country and those of young students particularly … Continue reading What drives an affluent and established entrepreneur with a strong political backing to end life

28-year-old diagnosed cancer due to pollution: Industrialization marking the beginning of the end?

By Abhishek Mundhra* The afternoon of the 31st of July, 2019, the news flashed of a 28-year old woman being diagnosed with stage four lung cancer. The headline did not baffle me, the alleged cause did. The said woman belongs to a non-smoking family residing in Ghazipur. Chest surgeon Dr. Arvind Kumar at the Ganga … Continue reading 28-year-old diagnosed cancer due to pollution: Industrialization marking the beginning of the end?

Grand daughter carries forward legendary Baba Amte’s motto: Give them a chance, not charity

By Moin Qazi* The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. -- Eleanor Roosevelt The world is witnessing a spring of a new generation of young game-changing women social entrepreneurs that is gate crashing and boldly scripting inspiring stories even as they are pairing their ingenuity and knowledge with passion … Continue reading Grand daughter carries forward legendary Baba Amte’s motto: Give them a chance, not charity