TitleAccording to Global Adult Tobacco Survey, 2009-10 23.7% adults in Haryana using tobacco in
any form and among them 22.7% are daily tobacco users. Average age of daily initiation of
tobacco use in the state is 18.5 years in adults (18.4 years in males and 22.7 years in females).
Additional 70.2% of adults are exposed to second-hand smoke at home and nearly 53% of adults
are exposed to second-hand smoke in public places. Its neighboring States Punjab & Himachal
Pardesh is performing very well in the implementation of tobacco control policies. UT
Chandigarh the capital of Punjab and Haryana was declared as Tobacco Smoke Free. All 22
districts of Punjab and 12 districts of Himachal Pardesh were already declared as Tobacco
Smoke Free and now they moving forward to get the status of Tobacco Free State. On the other
hand, none of districts in Haryana even declared as Tobacco Smoke Free. It will be great threat
for the sustainability of tobacco control policies of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh if their
neighboring State is highly vulnerable. Therefore to establish and strengthen a Tobacco Control
framework in the State of Haryana through sensitization of political and administrative
leadership; public education; capacity building of enforcers; establishing and implementing an
enforcement mechanism for COTPA and its related notifications the Association started
working. Various advocacy meetings have been conducted with high level officials to bring them
on the same platform. Praising the efforts National Health Mission has issued a letter to all
Deputy Commissioner and Civil Surgeons to extend full support to the Association in their
respective districts. On the directions and guidance of Director Health Services a baseline survey
has been conducted in Ambala district to check the compliance of Section 6b of COTPA, 2003.
A State level sensitization workshop has been conducted for high level officials and other
stakeholder for the planning of effective implementation of tobacco control policies. To bring
tobacco control activities in advance stage a strategic roadmap has been prepared. The
association also conducted five sensitization workshops in Ambala, Kurukshetra and Panchkula
for high level officials, civil societies, media partners and other important stakeholders in
collaboration with National Health Mission, Department of Health and Family Welfare, State
Tobacco Control Cell, Haryana.

Steps towards be Haryana a ‘Tobacco Free State’

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