TambakooKills News Bulletin: 16 May 2008 (Issue 380)

TambakooKills News Bulletin
Friday, 16 May 2008
Issue 380

Bidi workers are among the most exploited workers in India
Central Chronicle, Madhya Pradesh, India: 16 May 2008

Bidi industry does not even show mercy towards those who are involved in the making of a bidi. Bidi workers are among the most exploited workers in India .

Women constitute 76-95% of total employment in bidi manufacturing who ultimately suffer from serious health diseases and sexual exploitation at work. Nearly 225,000 children are engaged in bidi making, despite bidi manufacturing being listed as a hazardous employment for the children.

The Monograph highlights the key issue of bidi taxation in detail. In spite of the taxes on bidis being so less, the bidi manufacturers still evade taxes.

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One million out of 2 million active TB cases in India are due to smoking
India Business Times, 16 May 2008

One million of the estimated two million cases of tuberculosis in India are due to smoking. The monograph "Bidi Smoking and Public health" emphasized the urgent need to protect the poor and illiterate users of bidis (vulnerable section of society) by informing them through appropriate pictorial health warnings. It was released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India on the May 12, 2008.

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'Beedi more lethal than cigarettes': Is revolver more lethal than pistol?
The Statesman, India: 16 May 2008

While it is true that bidis are more deadly than cigarettes (one basic reason being that the bidis burn at a higher temperature and release more of the volatile carcinogens and other toxic agents), the comparison is purely academic. It is like saying that revolvers are more lethal than pistols.

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