It is estimated that more than 10,00,000 people die each year due to tobacco use in India
world over 60,00,000 people die annually due to tobacco use
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), launched in February 2007, is designed to produce national and sub-national estimates on tobacco use, exposure to second hand smoke, quit attempts among adults across countries and indirectly measure the impact of tobacco control and prevention initiatives. The GATS is intended to enhance the capacity of countries to design, implement, and evaluate tobacco control and prevention programs.
Tobacco Control in School in India (India Global Youth Tobacco Survey & Global Youth Personnel Survey, 2006))
India Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS) 2006 and Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS) 2006 were undertaken region-wise, namely, North, South, East, West, Central and North East, covering 99.7% of the total population of India. Altogether, 12,086 students and 2,926 school personnel from 180 schools participated in the six regional surveys, with fieldwork completed during the first half of 2006.
Data from India GYTS 2003 and GYTS 2006 was analyzed to examine the change in different variables of tobacco control measures for monitoring and evaluation of process measures achieved on different provisions of Tobacco Control Act, 2003 and relevant Articles in the World Health Organization, Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC).
This is not a report about just any crop and just any country. It is a report about tobacco, which is the foremost cause of preventable death in the world today, and India, which is the second largest country in the world, with a billion plus population. This report is also an examination of the methods and tools available to reduce, prevent and control tobacco use.
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The topic of passive or involuntary smoking was first addressed in the 1972 U.S. Surgeon General’s report (The Health Consequences of Smoking, U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare [USDHEW] 1972), only eight years after the first Surgeon General’s report on the health consequences of active smoking (USDHEW 1964). Surgeon General
Dr. Jesse Steinfeld had raised concerns about this topic, leading to its inclusion in that report. The studies supported a conclusion that “an atmosphere contaminated with tobacco smoke can contribute to the discomfort of many individuals” (USDHEW 1972, p. 7). The possibility that CO emitted from cigarettes could harm persons with chronic heart or lung disease was also mentioned.
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