AWARDS AND SPORTS
The World Health Organisation (WHO) selected the Indian state Jharkhand for the World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) Award-2022.
The state was selected for recognising its efforts in controlling tobacco consumption and will receive the award on the occasion of World No Tobacco Day. The award will be received by the State Tobacco Control Cell of the Health Department. The reason for the reduction of tobacco in Jharkhand is the successful campaigns and reach-out helplines for those who planned on quitting tobacco.
The award for the state which was possible only because of the political and administrative support that the tobacco control cell has got in implementing the programme.
The National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) was launched in Jharkhand in 2012 to educate people about the health implications of tobacco consumption.
As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS)-1 report, the tobacco prevalence rate in the state was 51.1%, of which 48% were smokeless users. As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) report-2018, the tobacco users in Jharkhand came down to 38.9%, of which 35.4% were smokeless users.
Tobacco consumption is the leading cause of death for men and the second leading cause when both men and women are included. Around 80% to 90% people diagnosed with lung cancer have a history of tobacco smoking.