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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2192

Life & Health

Disgraceful effort to privilege tobacco business interests over public health has rightly failed utterly – other countries to follow UK lead

The High Court challenge to the Regulations on Standardized Plain tobacco packaging by the tobacco industry met with a humiliating defeat on Thursday, 19th of May 2016.

Disgraceful effort to privilege tobacco business interests over public health has rightly failed utterly – other countries to follow UK lead
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Screening for breast and cervical cancer is a public health imperative

Breast and cervical cancers are two major cancers among women. For decades, cervical cancer was the most common cancer in women in India. But now, breast cancer has replaced cervical cancer and become the leading cancer in terms of incidence and number of cancer deaths among women in India.

Screening for breast and cervical cancer is a public health imperative
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Tobacco control must be a priority for health professionals

As lung cancer treatment outcomes are difficult and five-year survival is abysmally low, preventing lung cancer is a top public health priority. Up to 90% of lung cancer cases are because of tobacco use. Therefore effective implementation of evidence-based and comprehensive tobacco control policies will make a huge difference in slashing new cases of lung cancer as well as preventing a large number of other diseases, disabilities and premature deaths attributed to tobacco use” said Professor (Dr) Prakit Vathesatogkit, Executive Secretary of Action on Smoking and Health Foundation of Thailand.

Professor (Dr) Prakit Vathesatogki
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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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