New Delhi, A delegation led by Member of Parliament from Siwan (Bihar) Shri Om Prakash appealed Honorable President of India Shri Ram Nath Kovind to save children and youth in the country from tobacco addiction and submitted a memorandum to launch a national level campaign for tobacco free education institutions.
Member of Parliament Shri Om Prakash along with delegation met Shri Kovind at Rashtrapati Bhawan at Delhi on Wednesday.
He told the Honorable President that tobacco consumption is a very serious problem. Children and youth know the ill-effects of consuming tobacco despite that they are consuming it. He said just running awareness programme to stop consuming tobacco is not sufficient, but this campaign has to be run at the national level. Along with, children and youth have to take oath in this campaign that they will not consume tobacco. Youth should be given the responsibility of this campaign then only it will prove relevant and will yield positive results.
Om Prakash said that Sambandh Health Foundation(SHF) and Voice of Tobacco Victim(VOTV) are working throughout the country to make educational institutions tobacco free, especially in Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra the educational institutions have been made tobacco free and positive results are coming. These days, the trend of consuming tobacco is increasing among youth, which is a matter of serious concern. It is very important and necessary for the public health that younger generation are saved from being ruined by using tobacco.
Sanjay Seth of Sambandh Health Foundation(SHF) said that 50% of cancer in the country is caused by tobacco and 90% of the oral cancer is also because of tobacco consumption. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) 2017 report 28.6% people in India use tobacco in some form. Every year 10 lakh people are dying due to tobacco related diseases, while everyday 5500 children throughout the country start consuming tobacco and become addict before attaining 18 years, which is really very worrying. 92% of youth agree that smoking is reason of serious diseases, while 96% youth population know that chewing tobacco causes serious diseases. Shri Seth said only 3% of the people consuming tobacco are able to quit this addiction, therefore it is very important that children are stopped from consuming tobacco for which educational institutions are to be made tobacco free.
He told Honorable President of India Shri Kovind that it can be done by making educational institutions tobacco free by keeping watch through preventive rules and youth can be saved.
The delegation apart from Shri Seth included Voice of Tobacco Victim director Ashima Sarin, Dr.Shiv Choudhary AIIMS, Dr.Mudit Agarwal, Vibhor Nizhawan, Pradeep Mathur, Deepak Cheeba, Arvind Mathur and others.