If you use tobacco, it is likely that you may have often thought to beat the habit. However, elimination of tobacco is easier said than done.
In line with the global tobacco surveys of adults (GATS), India study published doctors and experts from the Tata Memorial Centre on Friday; only 3.6% of the daily adult smokers in Maharashtra have successfully given up the habit in the past 12 months. Although the number of those who have been able to quit smoking is low, the number of adults who have already tried to stop tobacco use is slightly higher.
According to the survey, 31.3% of smokers and 29.7% of those who chew tobacco in Maharashtra attempt to go beyond the last 12 months. This is an extremely low figure, according to Dr. Prakash Gupta, director Healis Sekhsaria Institute of Public Health, due to lack of awareness about the dangers of smoking, and lack of anti-tobacco legislation in the state.
Found that 64.6% of tobacco users admitted to any type of tobacco consumption in half an hour of waking up reveals the extent to which its use has become a habit in the state of Maharashtra.
And the youth in the state took the habit, which, according to WHO data, leads to premature death of one of three adults in India.
In total, 27.4% men and 8.3% of women aged 15 to 24 years admitted to tobacco use.
“Previously, it was impossible any younger than 35 head and neck contracts because of tobacco use. Now we get patients aged 22 to 24 years who were infected,” said Dr Pankaj Chaturvedi, head and neck cancer surgeon, Tata Memorial Centre.
The study was developed by WHO and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta (USA) and implemented by the government also showed that 31.4% of the adult population in Maharashtra tobacco use in one way or the other. This means that about 2 million rupees adult tobacco state.
Dr. Chaturvedi said tobacco-related disease epidemic is not just a public health problem; it’s a serious economic concern to the state. “According to WHO, one in three adults die prematurely from tobacco-related problems, which means the state of Maharashtra Rs 66 patients will have life-threatening illness due to tobacco consumption,” he said. “Many of the patients, treatment costs, which can run up to Rs Rs have to be the government. Even if 10% of patients need public assistance for medical treatment, the state will spend Rs6 000 rupees for the treatment of diseases that are preventable.”
State authorities; however, seems to be sluggish in the application of laws against tobacco. Anti-tobacco lobby was defeated on Wednesday, when the government order to ensure food safety regulation and standards and the law banning the manufacture and sale of gutkha in the state died in the office of the proceedings.