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More than 21 percent of adults consume tobacco in HP: Kaul Singh

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One person dies every six seconds due to tobacco: World Health Organization
One person dies every six seconds due to tobacco: World Health Organization

Shimla: More than 21 percent of the adults in Himachal Pradesh use some form of tobacco. These include over 880,000 smokers, far higher than tobacco chewers, said state Health Minister Kaul Singh.

The state has stepped up efforts to sustain the smoke-free status. Recently, it has banned the sale of single cigarettes and ‘bidi’, the minister said at a conference organized on tobacco control by Bloomberg in New York on Tuesday.

The hill state has a population of about 6.8 million.

Kaul Singh said the process of drafting a comprehensive legislation that conforms to the recommendation and the provisions of Article 5.3 of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control is under way.

Singh said the state was declared smoke-free in July 2013 and now efforts are being made to make it the first fully-compliant state to all provisions of tobacco control laws.

Quoting the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (2009-10), the minister said the state has the highest age of initiation (nearly 21 years).

He said the government is making all-out efforts to implement the National Tobacco Control Program launched by the central government.

“Our focus now is to protect the non-smokers from the harms of tobacco smoke,” he added.

(IANS)

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Tobacco Vendors Eye Schools For Sale, Says Study

It also stated that vendors display tobacco products in ways that are appealing to children and youth and utilize sales techniques such as discounting products and distributing free samples

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Tobacco companies in India are targeting schoolchildren as young as eight years for sale of their products and placing advertisements, finds a new study.

Conducted by Consumer Voice and Voluntary Health Association (VHA) of India the study titled ‘India Tiny Targets Report’ which was released here on Wednesday, found that nearly half of the vendors around schools sell tobacco products.

It covered schools in 20 cities across six states — Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Assam, Tamil Nadu and Telangana.

For the study, survey was carried out in 243 schools at 487 point of sales (PoSs) across India has found that about half of them (225) sell tobacco products to minors.

FILE – Cigarette packs are seen on shelves in a tobacco shop in Cagnes-sur-Mer, France.

“Street vendors were the most common form of vendors of the 225 tobacco points of sale. Vendors advertise tobacco products around schools and sell cigarettes and bidis via single sticks, making these products cheap and accessible to children and youth,” the study found.

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It also stated that vendors display tobacco products in ways that are appealing to children and youth and utilize sales techniques such as discounting products and distributing free samples.

“The tobacco industry must be held accountable for their aggressive advertising efforts around our children’s schools. Our schools are not safe so long as the tobacco industry continues to try and lure our children into buying their deadly products,” Bhavna B Mukhopadhyay, Chief Executive, Voluntary Health Association of India said. (IANS)

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