New warning and toll free ‘’Quit-line’’ to be soon on Tobacco
The Central government is working on issuing a new set of enhanced pictorial and text warnings and planning to print the national toll-free anti-smoking helpline number on the packets of all tobacco products to amplify the message.
Exam point: The National Tobacco Cessation QuitLine-1800 227787 is a dedicated toll-free number that helps tobacco users to receive free support and guidance to subdue their addiction.
Numbers speak: According to the second Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) published in June, tobacco use has gone down by six percentage points from 34.6% of the country’s adult population in 2009-10 to 28.6% in 2016-17. Tobacco use among young people (aged between 15 and 24) reduced from 18.4% in GATS-1 to 12.4% in GATS-2.It also mentioned that 28.6% of all adults (26.7 crores) use tobacco in some form or other.
Background: In September 2015, the Union health ministry had made it mandatory for manufacturers to display health warnings on 85% of the main display area on the packets of all tobacco products from April 1, 2016
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