30 Amazing Food That Can Cure Common Diseases #1: In this series of posts the health and medicinal benefits of certain foods will be discussed. 30 Amazing Food That Can Cure Common Diseases #1 series will be published fortnightly.

ANAR (Pomegranate)

Anar is known in different languages as: –

  • Sanskrit – Dadima, Dandabija, Lohita puspako, Karaka
  • Hindi – Dadim, Anar
  • Latin – Punica Granatum
  • Bengali – Dalim, Bedana
  • Marathi – Daliva, Dalinva
  • Kannada – Dadimba
  • Telegu – Danimmchetta, Dalimkaya
  • Gujrati – Dalima
  • Tamil – Madai Chettaddi
  • Sindhi – Anara
  • English – Pomegranate

Curative Property of ANAR: –

  1. Energy enhancer:

  • Taking juice of ANAR regularly gives physical and mental energy and enhances blood cells and improves blood circulation.
  1. Indigestion and stomach ailments:
  • Taking Juice(15gm) or ripe sweet Anar with ground roasted cumin seeds (Jeera powder) and jaggery-twice a day – eliminates all stomach problems.


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  • Taking seeds of anar with powder of Kali Mirch and Sendha Namak sprinkled on it – relieves stomach ache.
  1. Cold and Cough:

  • Taking one tablet (Make the powder of rind of Anar tree with 1/8 th Sendha Namak mixed with little water to make tablet) 2-3 times a day relieves cough.


  • Taking tablets ( Mix 20 gm rind of Anar tree with 5 gm  Black pepper, 3 gm of peepal, in syrup of  40 gms jaggery. Make small tablet about 2 gm each) 2 or 3 times with warm water dissolves trapped phlegm and useful in cough and even asthma.
  1. Worms:
  • Taking decoction of the rind of Anar to destroy worms (Grind rind of Anar -25 gm with 3 gm of Palash seeds, 5 gm Vavavidang and heat it mixed with water on slow fire till the water is reduced to half, cool and strain it)
  • Taking 2 gm of the dried ground rind of Anar and oranges with Whey (ChaCha) and little Kala Namak to taste – twice a day kills worms.

  1. Nose Bleeding:
  • Pouring Anar juice in the nostrils helps check to bleed.
  • Taking about one cup of Anar juice with sugar-candy 2-3 times a day checks nose bleeding.
  1. Tooth problems:
  • Using the Anar flower powder (after drying the flower of Anar in shade – Grind them and strain) on teeth helps in curing bleeding gums.
  1. Diarrhoea, Dysentry:

  • Taking the powder of rind of Anar stem (10 gm rind dried in shade and ground with 6 gm roasted Jeera and 10 gm jaggery) two times a day checks loose motions.


  • Taking 1/.2 cup juice (10 gm rind of Anar dried and ground with 2 cloves and boiled in 1 glass of water for 5 minutes) three times a day cures blood and mucus with motions.
  1. Fever:
  • Taking juice of Anar is very useful in fever.
  1. Foul Smell in Mouth:


  • Gargling with boil water helps to eliminate foul smells.  of the rind of Anar

  1. Heart Palpitation:
  • Taking 10 – 12 gm ground fresh leaves of Anar with 1 cup water 2, 3 times a day gives relief.


  • Taking sarbat of Anar gives instant relief in palpitation of the heart.

  1. Intestine and Liver Problem:

  • Taking Anar juice regularly cures all intestine and liver afflictions.


  1. Piles:
  • Taking about 6 to 8 gm of the ground rind of Anar with water twice a day helps in curing piles.


  1. Miscarriage:
  • Applying a paste of ground fresh leaves of Anar over the lower abdomen in case of feeling of pain helps in controlling abortion or miscarriage.
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  1. Menstrual Problem:
  • Taking 1 tsp ground dried rind of Anar with water twice a day stops excessive bleeding.


  1. Leucorrhoea:


  • Taking ground 20 gm of fresh leaves of Anar with water twice a day stops excessive bleeding.


  1. Night Discharge:
  • Taking 2 – 3 gm ground dried rind of Anar with water twice a day regularly eliminates night discharge.


  1. Polyuria:
  • Taking 5 gm ground dried ring of Anar with fresh water morning and evening or taking Anar flower (dried in shade) with honey twice a day cures too much-urinating tendency.
  1. Lices:
  • Applying a paste of dried ground rind of Anar to the hair for half an hour before wash clears off all the lices.
  1. Beauty Treatment:


  • Applying the paste of dried ground rind of Anar mixed with Gulabjal and leaving it for some time before washing eliminates spots, and freckles on the face improve the complexion, and makes the skin soft and lustrous.


  1. Jaundice:
  • Taking 10 gm of Anar juice (kept in an iron utensil overnight open but covered with a thin cloth) with Mishri the next morning regularly helps in curing Jaundice.

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We know that cigarette smoking is a bad habit and it starts early age in our life, mostly in adolescence. To act smart(!), follow the code of friends group, break the set rules, etc. can be the reason behind jumping into the trap of nicotine addiction. Nicotine addiction may become a big problem in a smoker’s life after a few years.


After a few years, a smoker starts realizing that smoking causes health problems, social problems, family problems, and sometimes even financial problems. Now he or she starts thinking of quitting smoking cigarettes. But a smoker’s nicotine dependence makes the process of giving up smoking difficult, many a time impossible.

How Big is the Problem?

The seriousness of the problem can be understood from WHO’s statement[1] on tobacco that

Nicotine addiction kills up to half of its users.

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year.

More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke.

Over 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries.

WHO identified nicotine addiction as a big health threat for the future world population, WHO act to control the use of tobacco, recommended several measures like the introduction of stringent acts and rules to restrict the marketing of tobacco products, imposition of stiff tax on the cigarette to discourage cigarette purchase, etc.

They identified that primarily a smoker remains unaware of his or her nicotine dependence.  But, once they realize it, many of them try to quit smoking. Without any support, only 4% of smokers successfully quit smoking.  Professional support and proper medication increase the chance to quit becomes double.

Nicotine Addiction -Gum

There are more than a hundred crores cigarette smokers worldwide. If even a mere one percent of smokers starts thinking of quitting smoking the group size becomes more than one crore. Numerous numbers of organizations come forward to help smokers to get out of their problems, educate them about the cause of tobacco addiction and advise how to quit smoking cigarettes on the contents of their websites.  One thing that is very common in those articles is that after a few lines they start suggesting accepting their product as Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT).  Let me discuss, what is NRT.

Is There Any solution:

Nicotine is a very highly addictive chemical that remains in tobacco and that’s the reason for the nicotine dependence of a smoker. That’s why it becomes hard to stop smoking once start. We know that Nicotine affects the brain and without it, the smoker feels uneasy called cravings or withdrawal symptoms. Nicotine Replacement Therapy or NRT supplies a small amount of nicotine to the user’s body through any of the therapeutic products viz. Nicotine Gum, Nicotine patch, Nasal spray, Nicotine Inhalers, or Lozenge. This gives the user relief from withdrawal symptoms for some time. While smoking tobacco smokers inhale 70 carcinogenic harmful chemical substances with tobacco smoke. NRT ensures users eliminate those harmful chemicals.

While NRT has a proven record of success in reducing cravings and the cause of tobacco addiction when used by a smoker, it has some side effects too.

Nicotine Patch: Side effects: Irritation or redness of the skin, dizziness, headache, nausea, high heart bits, muscle pain, sleeping problem

Nicotine Gum: Side effectsIrritation to your mouth or throat, bad aftertaste, nausea, jaw pain, high heart bits.

Nicotine Nasal Spray: Side effects: Irritation to your nose or throat, coughing, watery eyes, sneezing. These side effects usually get better after 1-2 weeks of treatment. Other side effects that can occur include headache, nervousness, and a high heart bit.

Nicotine lozenges: Side effects: Coughinggas, heartburn, sleeping problem,  nausea, hiccups, high heart bits.

Nicotine Inhaler: Side effects: irritation to your mouth or throat, nausea, headache, nervousness, and a high heart bit.

Though NRT products  introduced nearly 14 years back, their popularity is still in question.  Failure to quit rate is too high which influenced the popularity. It may be possible that Indian middle-income and low-income group smokers find it difficult to continue with the treatment for the long period it required. In affluent countries, NRT is fairly successful.

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Recent Developments:

World Health Organization (WHO), approves two medicines in 2021 that work in a different way than NRT. Bupropion and varenicline are those two medicines. The new medicines manage cravings for nicotine without supplying a nicotine substitute. Thus the medicines  supporting smokers to gradually reduce nicotine dependence and finally quitting nicotine addiction.

Side effects of Champix are sleeplessness, difficulty concentrating, decreased heart rate, increased appetite, weight gain, nausea. Other common side effects include headaches and abnormal dreams and thoughts. Champix may produce dizziness.

According to a report, varenicline produced in India under the trade name Champix, by Pfizer Ltd, the Indian unit of the US pharmaceutical giant, sold for Rs. 9600/- for three months of treatment with a 44% success rate.

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Before answering Why Do We Care About Moisture in Manufacturing Cigarettes, let me remind you that in my earlier post, I have discussed the variation of moisture level in tobacco in the journey from raw tobacco at the field up to the final product, namely, the cut tobacco. Considering the hygroscopic nature of tobacco, cigarette industries need to control the moisture content in tobacco. That was a manufacturer’s difficulty. Manufacturers mean the manufacturer of the cigarettes.   In this ‘Relationships That We Care’ series, I shall discuss manufacturer pain to handle Tobacco and Moisture in making and packing cigarettes starting from cut tobacco. So, let me answer the question why do we care about moisture in manufacturing cigarettes?

From my earlier post Relationships That We Care To Make Cut Tobacco-Tobacco & Moisture, we know Cut Tobacco[1] received at the moisture of 14.0 or 14.5% depending upon prevailing seasons. In the rainy season, it receives 14.0%. In the dry season at 14.5%. Cut Tobacco or filler stored in airconditioned stores at 18°C.


The department where cigarettes made and the pack,  called SMD or Secondary Manufacturing Department. The temperature at SMD is maintained at 18°C. Temperature control of SMD requires. It requires to maintain the moisture of the cut tobacco at the same level as it was in cut tobacco store. In the dry winter seasons, water is sprayed to maintain the required moisture level of air within the SMD.

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Why Do We Care: Hauni Cigarette Making Machine

Maintenance of the moisture level at SMD is important to provide a great rate of burning of cigarettes. It gives smokers’ satisfaction. In an uncontrolled open atmosphere when a cigarette that burns fairly fast, called good burning. Also, a dry cigarette gives a harsh smoking feeling because of its excessive fast burning. Smoking satisfaction directly relates to the volume of smoke that goes inside the mouth in one puff. The volume of smoke determines  the amount of nicotine that goes inside the mouth. Nicotine gives smoking satisfaction. Moisture contained in the cut tobacco is a major influencer of this factor.

An increase of moisture than the specified limit could increase the chance of growing fungus in the tobacco within the cigarettes. It may also develops ugly water spots on the wall of the paper tube.


We know that flavor used in cut tobacco at PMD. Flavor evaporates in higher temperature. So, it is important to maintaining an 18°C temperature at SMD.

Low moisture at the SMD stage will an obvious quality problem called ‘Loose Ends’. Some tobacco flakes drop out from the mouth of the cigarette if cigarettes get dry, called ‘Loose Ends’.

After cigarettes are packed, packets are immediately wrapped by BOPP film[2] again to keep the specified moisture into the cigarette till it reaches the hand of the smokers. Ten packet cartons also wrapped by BOPP for greater safety.

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Why Do We Care: Mollins MK9 MAX Cigarette Making Machine

Even after so many precautions cigarettes get moist.  A smoker opens a pack of twenty cigarettes, takes few  hours to consume  in a moist whether  may notice an increase in moisture in the cigarettes and experience associated quality problems. The reverse experience observed in dry seasons. Industries addressed the problem. They introduced fewer numbers of cigarettes in packs like tens or fives.

By now you must know the role of moisture in the cigarettes industry and the reasons Why Do We Care About Moisture in Manufacturing Cigarettes?

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Relationships that we care about are the characteristics of tobacco is to pick up moisture from the air when in a moist environment and gives up moisture in a dry climatic condition. So, the tobacco-moisture association is a manufacturers’ pain. Manufacturing cigarettes is a high-skill job requiring trained personnel, sophisticated machinery, and a huge investment. Like all other manufacturing businesses, the cigarette industry has its manufacturing pains. Tobacco and Moisture are the two matters and their relationships that we care about at the time of manufacturing cigarettes. Relationships that we care about are the hygroscopic[1 ] nature of tobacco.


From the field to in a BOPP[ 2] wrap carton, for this whole journey, tobacco requires a controlled moisture condition to achieve smokers’ satisfaction. In a rainy season, a smoker may have experienced high moisture cigarettes that give burning problems or reduced the volume of smoke per puff and proportionately reduced satisfaction. on the other hand, in the winter season, in a dry environment smokers’ experienced spilling tobacco from the mouth of the cigarettes. This problem commonly known in the industry as ‘Loose Ends’.

So, during the processing of tobacco caution is to be maintained throughout to keep the moisture of the tobacco under control. Uncontrolled moisture of the tobacco can lead to a waste of product and can impact the cost of the product as well.

Relationships that we: Cut Tobacco


Relationships that we: Tobacco Leaf


The tobacco that grows in the field is leaves of approximately 2.0 to 3.0 feet in length. The tobacco that we see within a cigarette is a narrow thread-like substance. The leaf from the field goes through processing in the cigarette factory to make tobacco leaf to transform into cut tobacco. It then used as a filler in cigarettes. In the cigarette manufacturing industry, the department where cut tobacco made, called the Blending Department. It called Primary Manufacturing Department (PMD). Cut tobacco, or filler, is the input for Cigarette Making and packing Department or Secondary Manufacturing Department (SMD).

Below is a Flow-Chart showing changes that occurs during processing of raw tobacco to make it filler or cut tobacco. The ups and downs of moisture percentage in tobacco can be noticed. Relationships that we care to make cut tobacco is thus justified.

Relationships that we :PMD Layout

Steam applied to tobacco at Primary Conditioning Cylinder in Blending Department, It increases the moisture of tobacco and makes it pliable.  The pores on the leaves open up in this process.  Allows the tobacco to absorb humectant sprayed on it to arrest the hygroscopic nature of tobacco. Humectants chemicals like Sorbitol etc. used to control the hygroscopic nature of tobacco.  Some additives also used on tobacco at this stage. It improves the smoke quality. Humectants and additives  changed with the change of season.

In the Primary Cylinder tobacco’s moisture, contain requires to increase to make it pliable and good for cutting in the next stage. Moisture contains once again reduced in the conditioning cylinder or drier. It makes the cut tobacco good for cigarette making in a later stage.  To dry up cut tobacco, the steam jacket may be used to heat to the conditioning cylinder. The electrical heater also used to dry up tobacco at this stage alternatively.



Let us discuss now the moisture percentage that requires to be maintained in different stages for tobacco to get the ultimate resultant cut tobacco[3].

For the cigarette industry, SMD is a very important department. The processing of tobacco influences the quality of cigarettes, its flavors, tests, and ultimate customer satisfaction. Also, at PMD the cost of cigarettes controlled and thereby profitability. The control of moisture in the tobacco at PMD is important since low moisture produces dust and high moisture attracts fungus. In both cases the tobacco goes to waste and increases the cost of the final product which is cigarettes.

Relationships that we: Stagewise Moisture Chart




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Have we ever heard anybody saying that smoking cigarette is good for health? No. But everybody says that it is bad for health. But what is bad about it? It is the presence of Nicotiana Tabacum that is Nicotine in it. Tobacco has relationships with nicotine. The nicotiana tabacum or nicotine contained in tobacco causes all the herm to a smoker. The presence of nicotine in a cigarette adds a pleasure factor in smoke and smoker feel dependent on nicotine addiction.

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We are passing through a revolution of information. Through the internet, anything and everything we want to know about is now available in front of us. Easy accessibility in the world of information has also increased further our appetite for knowledge. Now, many of us want to know beforehand about the details of things we wear, observe, eat before going for a real experience. Even with specialized goods of high technical specification, a layman is often scrutinized before its use. Say, medicine. Nowadays, many of us read the details of doctors’ prescribed medicines on the internet for their composition, how to use it, side effects, etc. before using it.

Keeping some checks and balances, the practice of scrutiny before use is beneficial for us.

When it comes to buying a cigarette, do we want to know its ingredients, origin, etc.?  Let me present you with some such details.

The principal raw material used in a cigarette is tobacco. Whatever bad or good a cigarette has in its character, is mostly influenced by tobacco.


Tobacco is an important cash crop of India. It grows on 0.4 million hectares in the country. It accounts for approximately 0.27% of the net cultivated area of India and is the third on the world production map, growing 800 M kg of Tobacco. Tobacco can be divided into six broad important types. They are FCV tobacco (Flue-Cured Virginia Tobacco), Country Tobacco, Burley Tobacco, Bidi Tobacco, Rustica Tobacco, and Chewing Tobacco.

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India is the fourth largest exporter of unmanufactured Tobacco. Our export earnings for the year 2019-20 was Rs. 5969.59 crores.

Vedio Credt: Indian Agri Farm


Type of Tobacco: Flue-Cured Virginia Tobacco

Type of soil: Karnataka Light Soil (Mysore)

The regions where grow: Karnataka

Characteristics: Premium Neutral filler tobaccos. Preferred for its low nicotine, high filling capacity, and its suitability to blend well with any tobacco

Nicotine contains (in %): 1.5 – 1.8


Type of Tobacco: Flue-Cured Virginia Tobacco

Type of soil: Southern Light Soil (SLS)

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: FCV tobacco is neutral and blends well with any tobacco. Excellent aging properties FCV tobacco is grown on medium textured red soils

Nicotine contains (in %): 1.0 to 1.5


Type of Tobacco: Flue-Cured Virginia Tobacco

Type of soil: Northern  Light Soil (NLS)

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: Flavorful to Semi- Flavorful tobaccos. Excellent aging properties

Nicotine contains (in %): 0.6 to 2.9


Type of Tobacco: Non-Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco Burley Monsoon

Type of soil: Light Soil East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: Used for Blending in Cigarettes

Nicotine contains (in %): 1.2 to 2.5


Type of Tobacco: Non-Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco Burley Traditional

Type of soil: East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: Apart from Blending in Cigarettes used in Pipe Mixtures, Chewing Plugs and Hookah paste

Nicotine contains (in %): 2.0 to 4.5


Type of Tobacco: Non-Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco Oriental

Type of soil: East and West Godavari districts of Andhra Pradesh

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: Flavorful Tobacco used in Cigarette blending

Nicotine contains (in %): 2.0 to 4.5


Type of Tobacco: Non-Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco Bright-Air Cured

Type of soil: Many districts of Andhra Pradesh

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: Used for Blending in Cigarettes

Nicotine contains (in %): 1.2 to 2.75


Type of Tobacco: Non-Flue Cured Virginia Tobacco Sun Cured Nattu (Eluru)

Type of soil: Many districts of Andhra Pradesh

The regions where grow: Andhra Pradesh

Characteristics: Mainly used for Cheroots, Snuff, Pipe Tobacco, Cigarette Blending and Hookah Paste

Nicotine contains (in %): 3.0 – 5.5

Type of Tobacco: BEEDI TOBACCO

Type of soil: Charotar at middle Gujarat. Also, in parts of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka

The regions where grow: Gujrat, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka

Characteristics: Used in the manufacture of Beedi, a hand-rolled smoking product made by wrapping tobacco with natural ebony leave

Nicotine contains (in %): 6.0


Type of Tobacco: CHEWING TOBACCO –Rustica

Type of soil: Uttar Pradesh: rainfall of about 900 mm. In Gujrat: Sabarkanta, Banaskanta , Nadiad, Kambat, Mehsana and Anand

The regions where grow: Uttar Pradesh, Gujrat, West Bengal (Motihari)

Characteristics: Used in the manufacture of Khaini

Nicotine contains (in %): 3.0-6.0


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  • Different types of tobacco have different quantities of Nicotiana or Nicotine in it.
  • Low Nicotine, high flavor tobacco is costlier.
  • To arrive at a predetermined end cost price of a cigarette, different grades of tobacco blended in a specific quantity. The process  called the Blending of tobacco.
  • Nicotine contained considered during blending of tobacco
  • Nicotiana tabacum or Nicotine (C10H14N2 ) is an organic chemical substance, and that gives strength to a cigarette.
  • Nicotine causes addiction, gives satisfaction to a smoker.
  • Popular believe that Bidi is less harmful than a cigarette. Bidi and Khaini tobacco contains more nicotine.

Now you may question, ‘are nicotine-free cigarettes safe?’. The answer is ‘you will not smoke if there is no nicotine in cigarettes.

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Why a government is required? One answer can be like this, it is required to look after public interest and safeguard and utilize national resources for the citizen’s interest. Relationships between it and public defined. The concept of Government is very old. When human beings started living in groups, cultivating in groups, they required a leader to coordinate individuals in the groups. Thus,  it has been evolved in course of time. In a democracy, citizens elect their representatives to form a Government to rule them keeping in mind the interest of the citizens, those who have elected them. Relationships with Government and people thus defined.


To look after public interest Government requires money and Taxing citizen is one way of earning. Another way, inter alia, is disinvestment. The decision of disinvestment is always a political hot potato, such a decision taken by the ruling party is always criticized by the opposition. It’s the rule of democracy.

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Indian Parliament

But see the surprising contradiction. The government taxed at its highest rate on cigarettes. The government wants to control cigarette smoking to safeguard its citizens from possible health issues. Higher tax will make cigarettes costlier and thus remain out of reach of mass, is the theory. Also, following WHO directives Government brought Act (The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply, and Distribution) Act, 2003 (COTPA) and rule (The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Rules, 2008 vide GSR 458 (E) dated 21st July 2020) to protect Indian citizen from health hazard due to Smoking Cigarettes, Bidi, etc. Government action is (‘in the public interest to do so…’) praiseworthy for its apparent good intent.

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But, if you find that the Government itself is producing cigarettes, what you will think? Yes, that is happening. Happening for a long period and by the successive regimes, UPA and NDA. How many of us know that Government undertakings (LIC & UTI) hold 24.15% of the ordinary share of ITC Ltd. This is evident from its REPORT AND ACCOUNTS 2021  published by ITC Ltd.(page-219), the giant Cigarette Manufacturer of India. The question is why Government is not disinvesting ITC’s holdings before anything else. That can easily add to the undertaking’s financial health.

On one hand, the government invested to produce ‘Sin Products’ like Cigarettes, and the same government wants on another hand to control sales of tobacco products for the public interest. Hypocrisy…

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On 2nd August 2021, in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitaraman announced that the average revenue collection from Tobacco Products sales by Central Govt was 53,750 Crores.  A huge revenue.

As we all know ITC Ltd. is the biggest manufacturer of Tobacco Products in India. ITC Ltd. has the largest share of the Indian market, about 84.27%.

So, their contribution towards Government’s revenue collection from the sector can be anything between 40,000 to 45,000 crores.  Is it the clue? Do not know. But whatever it may be this should not happen. Oppositions are also silent in this issue. But the issue deserves a national debate.

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When you are paying Rs.17/- to buy a cigarette from the shop, you must be thinking that you are buying the best and so you are taking care of your health adequately. An enjoyment of four minutes cost you Rs. 17/-   and that is almost the highest price you can spend on a cigarette as on date and for a thirteen-puff enjoyment. You are a responsible person, you believe in relationships and its value. So you cannot compromise with the future of your family and therefore, you are paying the highest to ensure the harmless quality of the product. Also, a grasping feeling like a King obsessed you while smoking a King Size cigarette, a feeling that you are not a Standard person or common person like those who smoke Standard Size cigarettes.

Let us today examine what you are paying when you buy a cigarette and what you are getting. Let us agree without going into any argument that material cost which includes tobacco, cigarette paper, filter rod, cork tipping paper, gum, packets, foil, BOPP wrap paper, etc. plus labor cost for one cigarette comes to Rs 3.40. So, let us see how Rs 3.40 grows into Rs 17.00 for a stick.



  1. The material and manufacturing cost of 1 stick of cigarette-Rs 3.40
  2. Profit of manufacturer per stick -Rs 2.00
  3. Invoice Rate per stick-Rs 5.40
  4. Invoice Rate per 1000 stick-Rs 5400.00
  5. Central Excise Duty @ Rs 10.00 per 1000 sticks -Rs10.00
  6. NCCD @ Rs 735.00 per 1000 sticks-Rs 735.00
  7. Total of Invoice Rate, CE Duty, NCCD for 1000 sticks (4+5+6) -Rs 6145.00
  8. GST @ 28% on Rs 5985.00-Rs1720.60
  9. Total of Invoice Rate, CE Duty, NCCD, GST (7+8)-Rs7865.60
  10. Variable Compensation Cess @36% on Rs 7660.00-Rs 2831.60
  11. Fixed Compensation Cess @ Rs 4170 per 1000 sticks -Rs 4170.00
  12. Total of CE Duty and GST for 1000 sticks (5+6+8+10+11)-Rs 9467.00
  13. Tax Invoice Price of 1000 sticks (4+12)  -Rs14867.00
  14. Price per stick for Distributor-Rs 14.86
  15. Pan Shop’s selling price for one stick-Rs 17.00
  16. Sales expenses (Distributor, Dealer, Pan Shop)-Rs 2.14


  • Smoker pays for one stick of cigarette Rs 17.00
  • From Rs 17.00, Government collect Duty and Tax Rs 9.46
  • From Rs 17.00, manufacturer makes a profit of Rs 2.00
  • From Rs 17.00, Sales expenses go Rs 2.14
  • Smoker smokes a cigarette worth Rs 3.40

So, you consume a product worth Rs.3.40 and expect it to harmlessly satisfy you. One can imagine the purchasing strength of Rs 3.40 in today’s market. Just think of it.

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Hi All! Welcome to My Blog. Once I was a chain smoker
Now a non-smoker. Yes, non-smoker. But how? Know it. Here is my story.

I am now 67. I worked in a cigarette manufacturing company for more than 40 years. The very first day I entered the company I became a smoker. I didn’t smoke before that. I was then about 23 years.
I was a factory employee, which enabled me to smoke for free with no restriction. My presence near-source pushed me to become a chain smoker very soon. Many of my colleagues were also had the same experience. I used to smoke 40/45 cigarettes per day. The relationships between me and cigarette became undetachable.
Being a Bengali, I grew up in an environment where our screen heroes, intellectual heroes, and celebrities were almost all smokers. Legendary Film Director Writer Satyajit Ray created a very popular detective character in his adventure series for the young generation named ‘Feluda’, who was a smoker. Feluda used to lit a cigarette of a particular brand every time he had to solve any mystery. Provocation for young Bengalis was immense. ‘Feluda is intelligent, he smokes, I am intelligent, so I smoke’. I smoked for almost 25 years continuously, then one day I realized that time has come to quit smoking.

I saw people around me were getting sick from chain-smoking and doctors were advising them to give up the smoking habit. For me, the realization was the key and not the family pressure or anything else. Some advised me to give up smoking gradually by reducing numbers per day and not suddenly, I tried. But that did not work for me. Every seventh day, I found myself in the same position from where I started. Easy availability, surrounded by many smoker colleagues prevented me from achieving my goal.
Finally, I determined to quit in one go. I did it one morning without any announcement, quietly. It took one or two days for my colleagues to understand that I was leaving the smokers club. They came to know two days after but were sure I could not make it a success. It gave me extra determination to prove them wrong.

I kept myself very busy and chew candies for a few days. Then after a month, I stopped doing anything special to give a feeling for a moment that I have achieved it. Though I knew very well that I was far from the goal. I negotiated the cravings and avoid smoking making small targets like up to one month first, then one more month and thus one day reached one year, then two years. Now I was sure I have achieved it. I have now been praised by my colleagues and friends and of course my family.

But after two and half years of my non-smoker status, I again started smoking and very soon reached my previous level of 40/45 cigarettes per day limit. Sudden huge tension in the family was the reason. Except for my family members, nobody advised me to stop again. So, friends never expect your relatives and friends will help you to come out of this trap if he or she is a smoker. Only core family members who are dependent on you, financially or emotionally will have a genuine concern for your health. Also, professionals like doctors will give the right advice in a situation of emergency.
After two years, I again quit smoking all of a sudden, and this time I could do it more easily taking confidence from my previous experience. By now I knew I can do it. This spell is continuing till to date, crossed 10 years mark. No tension was able to supersede my determination this time. Now I can confidently say I am a non-smoker. I am sure I shall never go back to my previous status.

So friends, if you want to Relationships That We Care To Make Cut Tobacco-Tobacco & Moisturequit smoking then never give up trying even if you fail in your first or even second attempt. Be courageous, try again. You will see second or third attempt will be much easier for you to quit cigarettes. Just learn to shield external pressure and discouragement from the people around you, handle it quietly without going into any debate. Believe in yourself, anybody can do it. You will feel uneasy from the smell of cigarette smoke after one year of quitting cigarettes. You will hate cigarettes now.

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Know How smoking can damage your health and future and why it is better to quit smoking

National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) under Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India identified health impacts due to consumption of tobacco and appeal to quit smoking as follows-

  • It causes premature death
  • Mortality due to tobacco in India is estimated at upwards of 1.3 million.
  • One million deaths are attributed to tobacco smoking.
    ICMR reports that the risk of diseases attributable to tobacco use was-
  • Stroke (78%)
  • Tuberculosis (65.6%)
  • Ischemic heart disease (85.2%)
  • Acute myocardial infarction (52%)
  • Esophageal cancer (43%)
  • Oral cancer (38%)
  • Lung cancer (16%)

US federal agency Center for Disease and Control finds the following-

  • Cigarette smoking harms nearly every organ of the body
  • causes many diseases, and reduces the health of smokers in
  • general
  • Quitting smoking lowers your risk for smoking-related diseases and can add years to your life
  • Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States

Australian Government’s health department finds the result of smoking and appeal to quit smoking as follows –

  • Lung Cancers
  • Breathing problems and chronic respiratory conditions (COPD)
  • Heart disease, stroke, and blood circulation problems
  • Diabetes
  • Increased risk of Infections
  • Dental problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Vision loss
  • Fertility problems
  • Osteoporosis and menopause

Other problems a smoker invites are creating a health risk for the people around him/her by way of passive smoking. Also, smoking is expensive and has financial effects.


Know Act introduced by the Government of India, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare to control tobacco products is 

  • The Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 or COTPA, 2003 is an
    Act of Parliament of India to prohibit the advertisement of and provide for
    the regulation of trade and commerce in and production, supply, and
    distribution of cigarettes and other tobacco products in India

Step- 3

Decide in favor of NO SMOKING

  • Now you are aware of the danger of smoking cigarettes
  • Think of the provable trouble of your dependent dear ones for any
    future health issues due to smoking
  • Decide to set an example for your kids whom you do not want to see
    addicted at
    present or in the future
  • Think how your addiction to smoking cigarettes stressed your monthly
  • Determined to quit smoking cigarette

Step- 4

Determine to quit cigarettes

  • Do not live with the illusion that you are not addicted to smoking cigarettes
  • Think of your past achievements and the role of your will power for your
  • You know for sure that you can do it again
  • Discuss your plan of Quitting Smoking only with your close family
    members who may be worried about your health
  • Do not discuss your plan with persons who are smokers
  • Quit smoking without making any schedule or announcement
  • Only your conviction will bring success

Step- 5

Handle boldly the obvious craving symptoms

  • Chew candy or take anise to manage uneasiness for a few days
  • Keep yourself busy till you go to bed
  • Feel proud of your decision of No Smoking
  • Craving symptoms will go within a month
  • Remain cautious now, do not touch cigarettes anymore
  • Overconfidence will bring you again where you were one month before
  • Be careful until you start hating the smell of cigarettes smoke

Step- 6

Talk with people who are ready to quit or ex-smoker

  • Live examples always inspire, so talk with ex-smokers to know their experience
    of handling cravings
  • Follow our social-media account Facebook and Twitter to keep in touch with
    like-minded persons
  • Share your experience during your journey towards quitting in our
    social-media account Facebook and Twitter

Step- 7

Set a short time goal, then increase it gradually

  • Set a small target time of say, one month initially and stop smoking
  • Stay Committed
  • You will have to tackle cravings
  • You will be under the lens of both of those who want or do not want to you
    see successful
  • Once you touch your first target time feel proud and extend the target
    for another month
  • Now both cravings and curiosity among people around you will be less
  • The biggest problem now is the false confidence of achiever
  • False confidence may provoke you for a one puff challenge and land you
    at the starting point
  • Do not touch cigarettes

Step- 8

Be happy for your success

  • You have every right to be happy every time you reached your set target time
  • But never be overconfident that you are out from addiction until you
    start hating cigarette smoke

Step- 9

You are now sure you are a non-smoker

  • If you have not smoked for the last twelve to fifteen months, you are a non-smoker
  • Do not forget difficulties to becoming a non-smoker
  • Do not forget your non-smoker status is not permanent
  • Pseudo smartness may spoil the whole game and may very soon reverse your status
  • Being a non-smoker, you are qualified to encourage others to become a non-smoker
  • Join our social-media accounts Facebook and Twitter to encourage others to quit smoking

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