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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2131

Life & Health

Create better, longer lives for the greatest number of people in the globe

Michael R. Bloomberg, an international leader on public health who works to create better, longer lives for the greatest number of people in the globe, states that the court rulings in India and the European Union upholding smart tobacco policies will help save millions of lives and help young people avoid picking up smoking in the first place.

Michael R. Bloomberg, an international leader on public health
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Landmark victories for global health – major defeat for the tobacco industry

High courts in India and the European Union today upheld strong measures to reduce tobacco use, including requirements for large, graphic health warnings on tobacco products and in the EU, a ban on flavoured tobacco products, including menthol, and authority for countries to adopt standardized plain packages.

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Superb example for other countries, including Sri Lanka to be more serious – Uruguay has successfully done it!

Two international studies conducted in Uruguay reveal that compared to indoor air contamination levels and nicotine levels before and after the smoking ban in the country, there is roughly 90 percent reduction in both.

Dr. Eduardo Bianco
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Tobacco industry “Show Your Colours” advertising Campaign in Indonesia

The advertising campaigns were another aggressive marketing attempt by the tobacco industry to gain market share in Indonesia.

Tobacco industry “Show Your Colours” advertising Campaign in Indonesia
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Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it

Asthma is a common chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) that is usually characterised by inflammation of the bronchial tubes or airways of the lungs. 10,000 litres of air and blood pass through our lungs and, as a result, they deliver 350 litres of oxygen every day. If this delivery is hampered in any way it leads to respiratory distress or breathlessness. The episodic onset of respiratory symptoms is called an asthma attack.

Asthma: We can beat it but not kill it
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Asthma - can we live with it?

Not all ailments are of the type that can be cured completely over time, even though they are not life threatening. Asthma, which afflicts an estimated 300 million people worldwide, is one such disease that cannot be cured though it can consciously be controlled. Those who keep it under check, through a proper lifestyle, diet and regular medication, are able to lead a normal life, said Professor (Dr) Surya Kant, Head of the Respiratory Medicine Department at King George's Medical University, in an interview given to CNS (Citizen News Service).

Asthma - can we live with it?
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In the light of the findings of this study, countries should reconsider their positions on this important health policy – smoke-free legislation

Large drops in rates of preterm births and children attending hospital for asthma have been noticed with the introduction of laws banning smoking in public places and workplaces in North America and Europe, reveals the first systematic review and meta-analysis examining the effect of smoke free legislation of child health.

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Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory

Brazil which has long been a leader in tobacco control, this month launched the first of five planned regional centres that will collect and share information about tobacco industry strategies to undermine tobacco control.

Brazil launches first regional tobacco industry observatory
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Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?

Although the governments of UN member countries had adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015, a lot more work needs to be done to deliver on these promises by 2030. Thirty-six Asia Pacific nations had met in Thailand for Asia Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) but largely failed to agree with consensus on a regional road-map to achieve these promises by 2030. The window of opportunity is not closed yet - Asia Pacific nations still can demonstrate leadership on implementing SDGs by agreeing on an ambitious plan to move forward.

Should Asia Pacific lead the world with robust roadmap for sustainable development?
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What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB?

I met Lucy in Khayelishta (near Cape Town) on the bright sunny morning of 4th December 2015 - just two days after she had celebrated the 10th birthday of her lovely daughter. A cured multidrug-resistant (MDR) TB survivor, her face glowed with the happiness and pride of winning her battle against two dreadful diseases.

What does it take to beat drug-resistant TB?
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