Five percent decline in tobacco consumption in MP: Health Minister


Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal A five percent decline has been recorded in the use of gutka, bidi-cigarette, Khaini etc. in Madhya Pradesh. Public Health and Family Welfare Minister Rustum Singh gave this information while releasing the Madhya Pradesh report of Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2, 2016-17. The first survey was conducted in 2009-10 in which the percentage of tobacco consumers was 39.5 which has declined to 34.2 in 2016-17. Similarly, cigarette/bidi consumption has fallen from 16.9 percent to 10.2 and tobacco without smoking from 31.4 to 28.1. Make students aware against tobacco use Health Minister Singh told to make aware school and college students about the dangers of tobacco consumption on a regular basis. Principals and teachers of schools should keep making students particularly of 6th, 7th and 8th standards about the ill-effects of tobacco. If this evil is overcome in adolescence, it will have best results. Fine amount be increased Shri Singh said that although smoking has reduced in public places, the fine amount imposed on this should be hiked to Rs 1000 at least from Rs 200.If parents want that their children should not adopt such habits, they should set example first. Senior officers also should set examples in front of their subordinates. Smoking and tobacco cause serious diseases It was told during the programme that smoking not only causes mouth and lung cancer but can also result in paralysis, diabetes and heart disease. Mouth cancer affects youth in the 25-35 age group and instead of shaping their future, they have to face diseases and poverty. Director of National Health Mission S. Vishwanathan told that seven percent people go under poverty line due to diseases. He said that Health Department will conduct a survey of oral cancer with AIIMS. National Advisor of Union Ministry of Health Pravin Sinha said that awareness programme against tobacco is going on in 16 districts of Madhya Pradesh which should be extended to other districts. Madhya Pradesh is one of the most affected among six states. Fifty percent men and 17 percent women consume tobacco in the state. Director of National Health Mission Dr. B.N. Chouhan, Dr. Mukesh Sinha, Dr. BM Shrivastava and representatives of World Health Organisation also addressed the programme. Dentists, voluntary organizations and doctors were also present on the occasion.