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.”