Tobacco kills more than 7 million people per year and is costing the world economy US$1.4 trillion annually in health care costs and productivity losses. Tobacco growing causes up to 5 percent of deforestation in growing countries and results in biodiversity loss and soil degradation, as well as water and soil pollution from pesticide use.
The Conference of Parties to the WHO Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) opens its eighth session (COP 8), with a view to defining a roadmap for strengthening and expanding the scope of the landmark global health treaty.
Order of the High Court of Delhi in the matter of Seema Sehgal Vs Union of India & Others dated 21/08/2018 regarding sale of e-cigarettes. Delhi High Court directs the Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to file an affidavit indicating by whag time regulatory measures would be brought into place and enforced. The Court further warned that if it is not satisfied with the response given by the Secretary coercive actions will be taken against the Department.