- On the 72nd Independence Day, August 15, students across all the schools in Maharashtra will take a pledge to make a tobacco-free India.
- The Directorate of Health Services Maharashtra has issued a circular for all the schools.
- Though the Global Tobacco Survey (GATS) states, the tobacco prevalence has gone down.
The number of children smoking cigarettes and consuming smokeless tobacco has increased among the minors.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra Dr Sanjeev Kamble, Director of Health Services, Maharashtra says, “We have issued a circular to the schools across the state. The students will take an oath to make India a tobacco-free country. The schools will organise morning marches to spread awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco.”
Mumbai’s Prince Aly Khan Hospital’s Health Service Aga Khan, had conducted a survey amongst school-going children regarding cigarette smoking.
The survey revealed:
- 27% children are addicted to cigarette smoking.
- 6.3% children consume hookah.
- 24% children are addicted to tobacco products.
- 9% children smoke cigarette currently.
- 16% children mix tobacco in supari and consume it.
- 71% boys and 20% of girls are addicted to smoking.
- 54% children of class 10 smoke.
- 94% were aware of the consequences. Yet still, continue to smoke.