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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2039

Life & Health

Sri Lanka has become a Party to the Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products

It is most welcoming and glad to hear that Sri Lanka has ratified the World Health Organization – FCTC Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products which is effective from February 2016. Already 15 Parties have ratified this important protocol.

Sri Lanka has become a Party to the Protocol to eliminate the Illicit Trade of Tobacco Products
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Significant evidence that the flavored tobacco products sales ban successful in New York City

A study conducted by Dr. Shannon M. Farley, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control, reveals that flavoured tobacco product sales and odds of ever using flavoured tobacco products or using any tobacco products among teens have declined significantly after ban enforcement began.

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A large number of children were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes

A large number of children were exposed to SHS in the home. Encouraging of voluntary smoke-free rules in homes and cessation in adults has the potential to reduce SHS exposure among children and prevent SHS-related diseases and deaths, reveals the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) a research conducted among one billion children in 21 countries (Tobacco Control – BMJ publication).

A large number of children were exposed to secondhand smoke in their homes
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The importance of the implementation of tobacco control policies in a middle-income country: The case of Costa Rica

Professor Stanton A Glantz of the Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education, USA, conducted a study to analyze the process of implementing and enforcing smoke-free environments, tobacco advertising, tobacco taxes and health warning labels from Costa Rica's 2012 tobacco control law.

Professor Stanton A Glantz
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New Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2015 came into force on 15th January, 2016

A very important and unprecedented development has taken place in India.

Menaka Gandhi
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Potential measures to enhance tobacco control policies in Singapore

Public consultation on potential measures to enhance Singapore’s tobacco control policies will be holding by the Health Promotion Board together with the Ministry of Health and the Health Sciences Authority to seek view of the public in this regard and more effectively discourage Singaporeans from picking up smoking and encourage smokers to kick the habit.

File photo of a consumer looking at tobacco products.
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Despite promise to end Encephalitis and other NTDs by 2030, why is action missing?

Indian government along with other governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the 70th UN General Assembly in New York in September 2015. One of the SDG targets (3.3) promises that "By 2030, end the epidemics of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and combat hepatitis, water-borne diseases and other communicable diseases." Encephalitis, one of the NTDs, continues to severely impact under-15 year old people with very little well-coordinated response to contain, and eventually eliminate it. Why?

Despite promise to end Encephalitis and other NTDs by 2030, why is action missing?
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Half the battle won: Need to accelerate roll-out of child-friendly anti-TB drugs

Monique Davids, mother of 4 children, lives in Cape Town, the venue of the ongoing 46th Union World Conference on Lung Health (conference theme is 'A new agenda: Lung health beyond 2015'). She is a living example of what it is to be the caregiver for children suffering with TB.

Monique Davids (R) with her son Jaden (in her lap)
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A school with a difference!

Located on the grounds of the King George Hospital Complex (now known as the King Dinuzulu Hospital Complex- KDHC) in Durban, ‘King George V Primary School’ is indeed a school with a difference, catering to the special educational and social needs of a unique class of children.

Photograph of Principal Vani Singh
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Should we celebrate success or gear up to end AIDS?

The fight against AIDS has definitely made considerable progress but formidable challenges confront the path to ending AIDS by 2030, as committed by the countries globally at 70th UN General Assembly in September 2015. The brutal irony is that despite knowing 'what works in helping us progress towards AIDS' the uptake of these evidence-based strategies is abysmally low, and some countries like India, have slashed health budgets by 20%.

Dr Ishwar Gilada, President of AIDS Society of India (ASI).
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