A new study has found that pandemic-related anxiety, boredom, and irregular routines were cited as major drivers of increased nicotine and tobacco use during the initial Covid-19 lockdown. The findings of the study were published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. The research was led by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health. The study highlighted the ways that public health interventions and policies can better support quit attempts and harm reduction, both during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond. Decreased use, while less common, was prevalent among "social" tobacco users, who cited fewer interpersonal interactions during the lockdown and a fear of sharing products. At the community level, retail access impacted cigarette and ENDS use differently. While cigarettes were universally accessible in essential businesses, such as convenience stores and gas stations, access to preferred ENDS products was more limited, since "vape shops" and other specialty ENDS retailers were typically deemed non-essential and required to close or limit hours. This drove some ENDS users to order their products online, which often resulted in long wait times due to shipping delays, or product backorder as a result of high demand. As a result, some dual users of cigarettes and ENDS increased their use of readily-available cigarettes.
Pakistan PM Imran Khan won a trust vote in the National Assembly securing his government after an embarrassing defeat at the Senate polls. Khan needed 172 votes to win the Confidence Vote. He received 178.
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Actor Siddhanth Kapoor has shared a million-dollar video on sister Shraddha Kapoor's birthday. In the video shared on Instagram, Shraddha is seen showing off some killer birthday moves. The duo is currently in Maldives, attending the wedding of their cousin Priyaank Sharma. Shraddha and Siddhanth can be seen making a spectacular entry on the beach. The duo's quirky dance moves stole the show as their family cheered for them. Priyaan and Shaza Morani tied the knot in a Christian-style wedding in Maldives this week. The couple is legally married, following a court marriage in February. Shraddha Kapoor was last seen in the 2020 action-thriller Baaghi 3. The actor also has a Luv Ranjan film opposite Ranbir Kapoor lined up.
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India provided COVID-19 vaccines to Saint Lucia on March 01. 'Made in India' vaccines was received by the Prime Minister Allen Chastanet of Saint Lucia. India provided 25,000 doses of coronavirus vaccine to the island nation Saint Lucia. The consignment of coronavirus vaccine reached under India's 'Vaccine Maitri' initiative. The 40,000 doses of 'Made in India' coronavirus vaccines also arrived in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. It was received by Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves on March 01. They received Serum Institute of India (SII)'s Covishield doses today. Earlier, India supplied COVID-19 vaccines to neighbouring countries Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Bangladesh under the 'Neighbourhood First' policy.
Bhutan, a small country that borders China and India, has only seen one death as a result of the coronavirus, compared to the worldwide death toll which is nearing 2.5 million deaths. CNN’s Fareed Zakaria looks at how Bhutan was able to curve the pandemic.
During a press briefing on January 28, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava informed that over 55 lakh doses of vaccines have been gifted neighbours and extended neighbourhood since January 20. MEA spokesperson, said, "rom Jan 20, we've gifted over 55 lakh doses of vaccines to our neighbours and extended neighborhood-1.5 lakh to Bhutan, 1 lakh to Maldives, Mauritius and Bahrain, 10 lakhs to Nepal, 20 lakhs to Bangladesh, 15 lakhs to Myanmar, 50,000 to Seychelles, 5 lakh to Sri Lanka on request. Over the next few days, we've planned to gift further quantities of 1 lakh doses to Oman, 5 lakh doses to CARICOM countries, 2 lakhs to Nicaragua and 2 lakh doses to Pacific Island states."
With this, Maldives (along with Bhutan) has become the first recipient of India's gift of the Covishield vaccines, manufactured by the Serum Institute of India... IndiaTimes Also reported by •DNA •Hindu •Indian Express