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One of the most interesting developments in India recently has been the temporary banning last December of the sale of gutka, ground tobacco and flavourings sold in pouches, sucked by millions of Indians and known to cause cancer and other serious diseases (see India: advocates hit back at smokeless industry... Indian health advocates reckon that colleagues around the world can help make life difficult for ambitious Indian tobacco companies with an eye on increased gutka exports, such as those to the large south Asian populations of Europe... Where is the idealism? Even in Bengal, where student movements have been vibrant, there is silence. ” It must be said that compared to just 20 years ago, there is in fact a great deal of idealism now in India about reducing diseases caused by tobacco, including among students... So Switzerland, whose name is synonymous with excellence in so many areas of life, nevertheless finds itself widely viewed as a disgrace within the international public health community for its failure to address its leading cause of disease, disability and premature death at home, and its far from internationally public-spirited behaviour in other areas of regulation... For example, the current standards for maximum tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide cigarette emission levels are modeled on EU regulations, but the industry has lobbied—successfully, so far—to ensure that Switzerland does not fully adopt the European regulations... Tob Control 2009;:6–7); and CoP4 also saw major achievements for health, despite unprecedented efforts by the tobacco industry to block progress... Among the main topics addressed by the 172 FCTC Parties at CoP4 were flavourings and additives (covered by Articles 9 and 10), which had been the focus of a long, global tobacco industry propaganda campaign during the months leading up to the Montevideo meeting... However, CoP4 delegates, with support from many grower countries, endorsed the guidelines' aim of limiting flavourings, which are used to lure new young smokers... The meeting also agreed to set up a working group to draft guidelines on tobacco taxation, the single most effective short-term measure to reduce consumption... Despite much evidence of their dual benefits of increased revenue for governments and reduced disease rates following lower consumption, tax rises are often blocked by finance ministries influenced by industry lobbying, which fail to appreciate what is in their countries' best interests... Taking the very long view, it said, it was hard to ignore 50 years of data showing smoking rates falling “in a series of straight lines. ” If this continued, as it had for 50 years, it meant that the percentage declines in volumes would gradually accelerate, which seemed to be what had been happening... Publication of the CitiGroup report led tobacco company shares to show significant reductions in value on the British stock market, an indicator of how seriously CitiGroup's forecasts are taken by investors... During Ramadan, Muslims must refrain from all food, drink, cigarettes and any kind of tobacco from dawn to sunset.

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One of the most interesting developments in India recently has been the temporary banning last December of the sale of gutka, ground tobacco and flavourings sold in pouches, sucked by millions of Indians and known to cause cancer and other serious diseases (see India: advocates hit back at smokeless industry... Indian health advocates reckon that colleagues around the world can help make life difficult for ambitious Indian tobacco companies with an eye on increased gutka exports, such as those to the large south Asian populations of Europe... Where is the idealism? Even in Bengal, where student movements have been vibrant, there is silence. ” It must be said that compared to just 20 years ago, there is in fact a great deal of idealism now in India about reducing diseases caused by tobacco, including among students... So Switzerland, whose name is synonymous with excellence in so many areas of life, nevertheless finds itself widely viewed as a disgrace within the international public health community for its failure to address its leading cause of disease, disability and premature death at home, and its far from internationally public-spirited behaviour in other areas of regulation... For example, the current standards for maximum tar, nicotine and carbon monoxide cigarette emission levels are modeled on EU regulations, but the industry has lobbied—successfully, so far—to ensure that Switzerland does not fully adopt the European regulations... Tob Control 2009;:6–7); and CoP4 also saw major achievements for health, despite unprecedented efforts by the tobacco industry to block progress... Among the main topics addressed by the 172 FCTC Parties at CoP4 were flavourings and additives (covered by Articles 9 and 10), which had been the focus of a long, global tobacco industry propaganda campaign during the months leading up to the Montevideo meeting... However, CoP4 delegates, with support from many grower countries, endorsed the guidelines' aim of limiting flavourings, which are used to lure new young smokers... The meeting also agreed to set up a working group to draft guidelines on tobacco taxation, the single most effective short-term measure to reduce consumption... Despite much evidence of their dual benefits of increased revenue for governments and reduced disease rates following lower consumption, tax rises are often blocked by finance ministries influenced by industry lobbying, which fail to appreciate what is in their countries' best interests... Taking the very long view, it said, it was hard to ignore 50 years of data showing smoking rates falling “in a series of straight lines. ” If this continued, as it had for 50 years, it meant that the percentage declines in volumes would gradually accelerate, which seemed to be what had been happening... Publication of the CitiGroup report led tobacco company shares to show significant reductions in value on the British stock market, an indicator of how seriously CitiGroup's forecasts are taken by investors... During Ramadan, Muslims must refrain from all food, drink, cigarettes and any kind of tobacco from dawn to sunset.

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