VHAI's Resource Centre for Tobacco Free India (RCTFI) is a unique initiative to establish an exclusive, one-of-its-kind website on all tobacco information related to India. The main objectives of the website is to use VHAI's strong base and experience of anti-tobacco campaigns and its state level networks to share resources and learnings and support all the tobacco control campaigns across the various settings.
Our experiences root from a process of hard hitting campaign programmes through political and policy advocacy at the national and state levels, collation-building and networking with like minded groups, government agencies and law enforcers working on tobacco control; supporting institutionalization of the enforcement mechanism; capacity building of VHAI network, and to monitor and account for legislative violations at district and central level.
The Key Focus Areas in VHAI's Tobacco Control campaign are:
Second Round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey 2016-17 Fact-Sheets Released At State Level
The second round of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS-2) India data was released at the national level this year on 8th June by Honourable Health Minister and Hon’ble Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare. The second round of Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2) 2016-17 state fact-sheets released in Eight North-East States, Jharkhand, Maharashtra & Rajasthan revealed that overall tobacco use prevalence in 11 states has declined among adults and more sustained efforts are required to reduce tobacco use prevalence.
The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) is a global standard for systematically monitoring adult tobacco use (smoking and smokeless) and tracking key tobacco control indicators. GATS is a household survey of persons aged 15 and above conducted in all 30 states of India and two Union Territories.
The first round of GATS was conducted in 2009-10. The second round of GATS was conducted in 2016-17 under the stewardship of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare (MoH&FW), Government of India with technical assistance from World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. A multi-stage sample design was used. From each of the sampled households, one household member aged 15 and above was randomly selected for individual interview.
Tobacco control strategies need to be mainstreamed with other national health programmes, within the overall framework of the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM). The multifaceted nature of tobacco problem in India calls for greater involvement and investment of various stakeholder ministries/departments, eg. Human Resource Development (Education), Finance, Agriculture, Labour, Commerce, Rural Development, Information & Broadcasting, Women & Child, etc. in addition to the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, as also the Panchayati Raj Institutions, academic/public health institutions, civil society groups, media, etc.
NTCP currently covers over 400 districts in all states and UTs of India. The NTCP supports Training and Capacity Building of key enforcers of the tobacco control legislation (the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003); build awareness through IEC and school-based activities; conducts monitoring of tobacco control laws and reporting; and conducts surveys (like GATS) and surveillance (through compliance studies) which will improve policymaking and direct enforcement.
Kindly click on the link to access the north-east state fact-sheets. The password to open is norast8 https://gats2cloud.tiss.edu/index.php/s/Vo9RHQ1CkNvRfWd
Click here to download the state fact-sheets of Jharkhand, Maharashtra & Rajasthan