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India’s most populous state bans deadly gutka chewing tobacco  

Supreme Court orders remaining states to join fast-growing effort to save lives

Editor
Apr 5, 2013

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Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state with more than 200 million residents, has become the country’s latest state to begin implementing the ban on the sale of gutka, a deadly form of chewing tobacco that is fueling an oral cancer epidemic. This action follows the Supreme Court’s denial of a tobacco industry petition to stay implementation of the ban.

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posted April 05, 2013

India fights addictive “path to death”

More states ban cancer-causing gutka chewing tobacco

Editor
Sep 7, 2012

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Despite powerful opposition from a billion-dollar industry, India continues to make progress in banning gutka – a deadly form of chewing tobacco that is fueling the country’s oral cancer epidemic.

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posted September 07, 2012

Efforts to Ban Cancer-Causing Gutka Gain Momentum in India

Maharashtra becomes fourth state to act this year

Editor
Jul 17, 2012

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There is growing momentum in India to ban gutka, a form of chewing tobacco flavored with spices and sweeteners that is a major cause of oral cancer in the country. Maharashtra, which has Mumbai as its capital, has become the latest Indian state to ban the cheap, mass-produced product, joining three other states – Madhya Pradesh, Kerala and Bihar – that have done so this year, according to a story by AFP.

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posted July 17, 2012

Ban on Smokeless Gutka Gains Ground in India

States in oral cancer capital of the world take action

Editor
Jun 8, 2012

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A growing number of states in India have banned or are considering bans on smokeless gutka, a cancer-causing cocktail of flavored smokeless tobacco and additives. Extremely cheap and easily purchased by children and teenagers, an estimated 5 million kids are addicted to the product.

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posted June 08, 2012

First India Cancer Study Shows Clear Link to Tobacco

Rural areas previously uncounted show heavy toll

Editor
Mar 30, 2012

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The first nationwide study of cancer in India shows the clear link between the nation’s urgent tobacco problem and cancer rates. The study published in The Lancet is the first to document the burden of tobacco use in India’s rural areas, where 70 percent of Indians live.

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posted March 30, 2012

BBC World Investigates Why India is the Oral Cancer Capital of the World

Lax enforcement of ban on sales to kids drives epidemic among young people

Editor
Dec 1, 2011

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BBC World's innovative series The Health Show will broadcast a report this weekend examining India's daunting problem of tobacco use among children and its shocking consequences for health.

Young people in India commonly use gutka, a carcinogenic cocktail of flavored smokeless tobacco and additives. Extremely cheap and easily purchased by children and teenagers, an estimated 5 million kids are addicted to the product. It's responsible for 90 percent of oral cancer cases in India.

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posted December 01, 2011

Even Superman Succumbs to Tobacco

India’s smokeless tobacco epidemic claims actor whose character fought “gutka king”

Editor
Sep 16, 2011

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Tobacco does not spare even Superman.

Shafique Sheikh, a 25-year old Indian actor, became a local celebrity playing Superman in a spoof of the popular superhero movies. In Sheikh's version of the film, Superman battled an evil "gutka king" who wants to flood the town with cheap, addictive chewing tobacco.

In real life, the former textile worker had begun using the local form of smokeless tobacco — gutka — at age eight, consuming as many as 40 packets daily until he was diagnosed with a pre-cancerous condition in his jaw when he was 18.

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posted September 16, 2011

Smokeless Tobacco Users in India Cry “Enough!”

People hooked on gutka want authorities to take fast action

Rajika Jayatilake, Associate Director, International Communications
Aug 15, 2011

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Hundreds of thousands of victims of smokeless tobacco are raising their voices against a regional product — gutka — that is responsible for 90 percent of oral cancer cases in India, the nation with the highest rate of oral cancer in the world.

State by state, tobacco users who became addicted at young ages and suffer from devastating illnesses are trying to shock their state chief executives into action by telling their personal stories. So far, the chief ministers in 11 out of 28 states already have signed a pledge to "rid India of this menace tobacco."

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posted August 15, 2011

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