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National Youth Day 2020 -Tobacco Intervention

Every year National Youth Day is celebrated across India on 12th January to celebrate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, to spread his ideas among the youth in our country. To remember his values and ideals, Consumer VOICE along with its state partners circulated a press note urging the government to […]

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Survey State Dissemination in Gujarat

Consumer VOICE, Delhi in collaboration with Rajkot Saher Jilla Grahak Suraksha Mandal, Gujarat, organized a Stakeholders’ dissemination workshop on ‘’Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets’’ study in four cities of Gujarat- Ahmedabad, Morbi, Rajkot and Jamnagar on 27th Feb, 12th March, 23rd March and 26thMarch 2019. A report which reveals how tobacco companies […]

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Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets Survey State Dissemination in Assam

Consumers’ Legal Protection Forum along with Consumer VOICE, New Delhi organised workshops for stakeholders in Assam  to disseminate the “Big Tobacco-Tiny Targets” survey report. The workshops were held in Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Jorhat where the survey was conducted. A report which reveals how tobacco companies are systematically targeting children as […]

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Tamil Nadu bans E-cigarettes following Government Advisory

Following an advisory issued by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to all states and UTs toban E-cigarettes and efforts of Consumer VOICE and its state partners in highlighting the ill effects of e-cigarettes, the government of Tamil Nadu issued an order on 3rd of September 2018, calling […]

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COTPA Act openly violated near schools in Delhi

Speaking to one of the correspondents of a leading national daily, Mr. Ashim Sanyal, COO, Consumer VOICE, India revealed that COTPA (Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003) is openly violated

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GATS Report Shows Sharp Decline in Tobacco Consumption in India

The recently released 2016-2017 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report shows a remarkable reduction of tobacco consumption from 34.6% in 2009-10 to 28.6% in 2016-17. As a result there are over 8 million fewer tobacco users today than there were just seven years ago despite the growth in the Indian […]

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Tobacco – an evil we live with

Number of tobacco users in India is 274.9 million
Mean age of tobacco users in India is 17.9 years
52% of adults are exposed to second hand smoke

                                                                                                       (Source: GATS 2010 Survey Data)
These are some numbers which see an increase

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Include bidis in GST regime

Include bidis in GST regime
Mark Goodchild and Henk Bekedam
The government should ensure that all tobacco products, including bidis and smokeless tobacco, are taxed at the highest rate of the Goods and Services Tax
The introduction of a national Goods and Services Tax

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