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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2401

Life & Health

Our Health Policies Cannot Be Decided By Tobacco Companies

On this World No Tobacco Day (WNDT 2012) it would be worthwhile to remember that ‘tobacco products are the only legally available products that can kill up to one half of their regular users if consumed as recommended by the manufacturer.’

The Cloud Of Tobacco Smoke Is Choking The World

Tobacco is the single most preventable cause of death in the world today. Yet it kills nearly 6 million people each year, which includes some 600,000 non-smokers who die due to exposure to second-hand smoke.

Chewing Tobacco: A Lethal Menace On The Block

Jyoti (name changed) hails from rural Uttar Pradesh which has a high prevalence rate of smokeless tobacco. Two years ago she became addicted to paan masala (a popular form of chewing tobacco) of a particular brand, under the influence of her friends.

India’s tobacco challenge

India currently holds the dubious distinction of being the second largest producer and the second largest consumer of tobacco in the world. Not a particularly dignified title, considering that tobacco kills half of its dedicated users prematurely in their productive years!

Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids Honors Australia Attorney-General Nicola Roxon for Leadership in Fighting Tobacco and Saving Lives

– The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids presented Nicola Roxon, Australia’s Attorney General and former Health Minister, with its highest honour, the Champion Award, for her tireless and innovative efforts to reduce tobacco use and stop the tobacco industry from addicting a new generation of smokers. She received the award at the Campaign’s annual gala on May 17, 2012, in Washington, D.C.

Report on Rights of Transgender people and HIV vulnerability

A study titled Lost in Transition: Transgender People, Rights and HIV Vulnerability in the Asia-Pacific Region was released in Bangkok to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia.

What does making TB a notifiable disease mean to us?

On one hand the Indian Revised National TB Control Programme (RNTCP) needs to be complimented for making tuberculosis (TB) a notifiable disease, but on the other hand there are words of caution and oft-repeated list of actions RNTCP should consider to reach the unreached populations who need TB services.

Do Not Let Asthma Ruin Your Life

According to the The Global Asthma Report 2011, published by The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and the International Study of Asthma and Allergies in Childhood (ISAAC): Asthma is the most common chronic disease among children and also affects millions of adults.

You can manage your asthma!

"The suffering and waste of resources caused by not managing asthma effectively are much greater than the cost of effective action." Dr Nils E Billo, MD, MPH, Executive Director, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union).

Who pays? Financing for new HIV prevention technologies

With economic recession, shrinking health funds and competing priorities, it is likely that donors might put in the dollar where they perceive to get the most value.

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