Anti-Smoking Curriculum Will be Introduced in India Schools
India plans to introduce an anti-smoking curriculum in schools across the country in order to decrease the smoking rate among students.
The given idea is a part of the National Tobacco Control Program that is created for a large expansion because student’s addiction to cigarettes and exposure to second-and smoke continues to increase.
The new teacher’s manual that has special worksheets for children where there is all necessary information on how tobacco affects the health of smokers, how it kills, which are the laws governing tobacco use in India; the negative consequences of smokeless tobacco as gutka, and the most efficient way to kick this habit – is prepared for all state board schools.
This manual was elaborated by the Ministry of Health; it also has some chapters for parents who affect their children’s health by smoking in their presence. This chapter contains some pieces of advice for parents and joint tasks with their children.
According to the Ministry, those who will instruct students in the anti-smoking curricula should themselves be non-smokers. Asked how they would assure this requirement. A health ministry official declared, “We hope that all schools will respect the contents of the given manual tacking into consideration that we and the school authorities have a common aim, which consist in changing the alarming situation of growing tobacco use among school students.”
The manual would be added to the school system under the current School Health Program, which is underway in 27 states. It was decided to create such a program after observing the increasing evidence of more and more students becoming hooked on smoking. Recent Global Tobacco Youth Survey for India demonstrates an increase in the number of tobacco-addicted students from 13.7 % in 2006 to 14.7% now.
The addiction has been shown for smoking both cigarettes and bidis and also smokeless tobacco products such as zarda, gutka and khaini, with the evident prevalence of smoking among boys. Smoking rate among boys is three times higher than among girls, who give preference to smokeless tobacco products.
Also the percentage of students who lit their first cigarette before the age of 10 has been rising. It constituted 26% in 2006 and is 45.4% now. The percentage of boys exposed to second-hand smoke constitutes 29.3 % while that of girls is 22.4%.
The Youth Research findings were currently confirmed by the Global Adult Tobacco Survey that demonstrated that boys aged 15 to 24 years were lighting up 5 cigarettes per day while girls of the same age were smoking 9 cigarettes a day.
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