In Jharkhand, 5.1% of adolescents aged 13 to 15 use tobacco

Ranchi, In Jharkhand, 5.1 percent of adolescents in the age group of 13 to 15 years use tobacco in some form or the other. However, the use of tobacco has decreased significantly in the last decade. Also, the situation of Jharkhand has improved a lot as compared to many other states. This has been revealed in the report of the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS-4).

According to this survey, Jharkhand ranks 22nd among all states and union territories across the country in tobacco consumption (13-15 years). Talking about the country as a whole, there has been a decline in the consumption of tobacco among the youth. The findings of the survey show that currently 8.5 percent of adolescents in the age group of 13 to 15 years in India use tobacco in some form or the other.

In 2009, this rate was 14.6 percent. A total of 9.6 percent of boys and 7.4 percent of girls in India use tobacco in some form or the other. Tobacco use among school-going teens aged 13-15 has declined by 42 percent over the past decade. It has been found in this survey that Himachal Pradesh has the lowest tobacco consumption at 1.1 per cent and adolescents from Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram consume the highest tobacco. There, 57.9 percent of adolescents in the age group of 13-15 years use tobacco.

Health Minister Banna Gupta will release Jharkhand data related to the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS-4) on Monday in the auditorium of the Institute of Public Health, Namkum. A workshop has been organized in this regard by the State Tobacco Control Cell and Seeds Association of the Health Department.

(EW correspondent)