The Government today said there has been 42 per cent decline in tobacco use among 13 to 15 year school – going children in the last decade. According to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey, India, 2019 National Fact Sheet, use of any form of tobacco is higher among boys than girls. Tobacco use among school going children is highest in Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram and it is lowest in Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka.
Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya released the Global Youth Tobacco Survey, India, 2019 National Fact Sheet in New Delhi today. Speaking on the occasion, Mr Mandaviya emphasized the role of teachers as most crucial in creating awareness among children and their parents about harm due to tobacco use. He said, harmful effects of tobacco use should be incorporated in school curricula at various levels starting right from the primary school level.
The fourth round of Global Youth Tobacco Survey was conducted in 2019 by the International Institute for Population Sciences under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. A total of over 97 thousand students from 987 schools participated in the survey.