India’s health minister Mansukh Mandaviya is addressing many new issues and drawing praise from those in the government and those outside of it. Many say the Indian health sector will now definitely improve.

A World Health Organisation (WHO) press note – embargoed so that every news outlet across the world gets it at the same time – has landed on my desk. And I am amazed to see its big bucks claims, especially those relating to tobacco and anything and everything associated with it.

The WHO, already reeling over criticism of how it has handled the pandemic, says substantive progress has been made in addressing tobacco use. The evidence cited stresses how many people are “covered by” laws or regulations or taxes that reduce consumption of tobacco.  I have a feeling the data is somewhat misleading for low and middle income countries (LMICs) like India for a host of reasons.

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Shantanu Guha Ray – Times of India – 2021-07-26.

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