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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2522

Life & Health

Defending the environmental defenders

Violations of the environmental rights of communities and individuals are on the rise in Asia Pacific and worldwide. Statistics released by Global Witness reveals that in 2017, 197 people were killed (on an average 4 per week) for defending their land and/or natural resources, underscoring the escalating violence in a global economy that is driven by expansion and consumption through corrupt and unjust practices. Extractive industries were one of the deadliest drivers of violence.

Defending the environmental defenders
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Tobacco companies have used package quantity for consumer targeting

A research paper published in Tobacco Control - of BMJ Journals reveals how tobacco companies have used package quantity for consumer targeting. Package quantity refers to the number of cigarettes or amount of other tobacco product in a package.

Tobacco companies have used package quantity for consumer targeting
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Tobacco breaks hearts

Tobacco use is the only risk factor shared by all four main categories of non-communicable diseases – heart disease, cancer, chronic lung disease and diabetes – which have overtaken infectious diseases as the world’s leading killers.

Dr Sandy Gupta
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Protect your heart from tobacco smoking was the theme for WNTD

Smokers are almost twice as likely to have a heart attack compared with people who have never smoked. A heart attack happens when there is a sudden loss of blood flow to a part of your heart muscle. Most heart attacks are caused by coronary heart disease.

Protect your heart from tobacco smoking was the theme for WNTD
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Strong government commitment helps achieving a significant decline in tobacco smoking in Uruguay

A study conducted in Uruguay by the Ministry of Health and the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) reveals that Uruguay has significantly reduced smoking over the past nine years, viz. smoking rates have dropped by more than 13 percent among adults - from 25 percent in 2009 to 21.6 percent in 2017.

Strong government commitment helps achieving a significant decline in tobacco smoking in Uruguay
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Governments must take bold action to tackle non-communicable diseases - Commonwealth

In a new report commissioned by the Commonwealth, recommendations such as establishing 100 per cent smoke-free public spaces and introducing a 20 per cent sugar tax on soft drinks are set out in a bid to cut the number deaths related to unhealthy lifestyles.

Dr. Mbololwa Mbikusita-Lewanika - Commonwealth health adviser
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Mind-Energy technique for management of challenging ailments

A 55 year old male, suffering from Type 2 diabetes for the last 12 years, presented with pain, swelling and dark necrotic patches over his right leg. He gave a history of minor trauma to the leg about two weeks before admission to this hospital (Aster Medcity, Kochi), for which he was being treated earlier in another hospital. He developed fever with chills, increasing infection of the right leg, and was then transferred to our institute for onward management.

Mind-Energy technique for management of challenging ailments
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Tobacco taxation and pricing policies should be uniform across all tobacco products

A new study published in Tobacco Control which is a publication of the British Medical Journal, examining how changes in the price or tax of all 10 types of non-cigarette tobacco products, vi bidis, cigars, little cigars, roll your own, smokeless tobacco, kreteks, water pipes, pipes, electronic cigarettes and nicotine patches, and to ascertain the impact of the demand for these products reveals that it had led to a decrease in demand.

Tobacco taxation and pricing policies should be uniform across all tobacco products
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Plain Packaging on cigarette packets in Sri Lanka?

The Cabinet of Sri Lanka has approved a proposal submitted by the Minister of Health, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne to introduce plain packaging on tobacco products, says Minister of Health.

Plain Packaging on cigarette packets in Sri Lanka?
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Air pollution is an invisible killer: Denial will cost lives! World Health Day 2018 special

According to the WHO, 92% of the global population lives in places where ambient air pollution is so high that it makes air unsafe to breathe. As much as 36% of lung cancer deaths, 34% of stroke deaths, and 27% of heart disease deaths in a year are attributed to air pollution. More alarmingly, climate change and air pollution are closely interrelated, further escalating the economic costs and health hazards for humankind. Yet it does not seem to be invoking governments to act with the compelling urgency.

Photograph of an online  WHO Air Quality Map
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