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‘Sin Tax’ to be imposed on smokers

ISLAMABAD: Taking another revolutionary measure in health sector, the government has decided to impose 'Gunnah Tax' (Sin Tax) on cigarette smokers across the country, ARY News reported. Sources said the federal government was excogitating over different options as high-level consultation meetings are underway in this regard.  ARY News correspondent Jahangir Khan said the centre had decided to levy the sin tax on smoking tobacco. "The earning from this tax would be expended on welfare of masses under Prime Minister…

Few smokers know about added sugar in cigarettes

CALIFORNIA: Very few smokers know there is sugar added to cigarettes, a new survey suggests. In addition, very few realize that added sugar increases toxins in cigarette smoke, the study authors wrote in the journal Nicotine and Tobacco Research. “Knowledge is power and there is a clear gap in awareness,” said lead researcher Andrew Seidenberg, a public health doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Cigarettes contain natural and added sugars to reduce the harshness of smoke, making it…

Smokers more likely to need spinal surgery: study

STOCKHOLM: Smoking increases the risk of lower back pain among compuslive smokers that needs to be fixed by spinal surgery, a Swedish study suggests. Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people age, but nicotine’s constriction of blood flow and promotion of inflammation are believed to contribute to the process, the study authors write. The…

Time off for good behaviour: Japan firm rewards non-smokers

TOKYO: Non-smoking employees at one Japanese firm are getting six additional days' holiday to compensate for the time their colleagues spend puffing away at work. Piala, a Tokyo-based online commerce consulting and marketing company, kicked off the programme in September after an employee complained about the time lost by smoking colleagues who frequently disappear to light up. "Because our office is located on the 29th floor ... it takes at least 10 minutes for a smoker to go down to a common smoking room in the…

Cash incentives help smokers quit, study finds

MIAMI, United States: Smokers who are offered cash incentives are far more likely to give up cigarettes than those who are simply offered tips on how to quit, said a US study Monday. The approach could offer ways to cut the number of smokers, which has remained steady at about one-fifth of the US population in recent years, according to the report in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Internal Medicine. The rate among the poor is even higher. Twenty-six per cent of smokers in the US in 2015 were…