- 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 that 44.4 percent of government school children are addicted to 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
The survey also reported that 94 percent of the school children are aware of the consequences of smoking cigarettes. Still, continue to smoke.
Speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Kranti Raimane, Head of the Department of Community Health Service and Research and gynaecologist of Prince Aly Khan Hospital, said,“The purpose behind conducting the survey was to inform people about the percentage of addiction amongst the school-going children. In this survey, students of class 5 to 9 were examined. The survey also reported that 94 percent of the school children are aware of the consequences of smoking cigarettes. Still, continue to smoke.”
He added, “Since two years, we have been thinking of undertaking a new project. To inform about addiction, social therapy is used to create awareness amongst the children based in the foreign countries. Even, we will use this therapy. In this, children will have to write an essay and a discussion will take place between the parents and the children. Through the posters and film competitions, they will be given information about the consequences of tobacco use. “
Dr Prasad Rane, Program Officer, Aga Khan Health Services said, “The addiction of tobacco related products is increasing. There is a big challenge before the authorities to overcome it. 4 percent of the school children are aware of the consequences of smoking cigarettes. Still, continue to smoke. The main reason behind this is behavior, peer pressure and family pressure. One out of four children from the age group of 10 to 19 are addicted to tobacco. The figures need to be controlled. We are trying to do this. However, the government should intervene and take control over the hookah parlours. A topic about ill effects of tobacco should be introduced in the schools. to help them over come their addiction.”