Maharashtra govt’s campaign for tobacco-free schools yields positive results

The state government’s campaign to ensure tobacco-free schools has borne fruit. The government had swung into action to prevent future generations of youngsters from being addicted to tobacco products

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Around 2,755 schools across Maharashtra have now been declared tobacco-free by the state government.

According to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), the smoking of tobacco has decreased by 2.1%, and the consumption of tobacco products has decreased by 3.8%.

The Maharashtra government had stepped up its efforts to reduce the consumption of tobacco in the schools across the state.

According to statistics provided by the state government:

  • In 2018, over 1.4 lakh people were counselled over the ill-effects of tobacco consumption.
  • Out of which 6,234 people have stopped consuming tobacco and tobacco products
  • 309 tobacco deaddiction centres have been set up by the Maharashtra government across the state at district and tehsil level
  • Till date, patients in about 804 tobacco deaddiction centers have been declared as tobacco-free

While speaking to the press, Maharashtra health minister, Eknath Shinde, stated, “We have set-up tobacco deaddiction centres across the state. In these centres, people are counselled and are made aware of the harmful effects of tobacco. Around 2,755 schools have been declared as tobacco-free in the state.”