As many as 10 districts of Bihar have been declared as the smoke-free district on Friday, according to Compliance Survey Report released by Bihar Health Department.
Under Tobacco-control programme, Compliance survey was conducted in 16 districts of Bihar- Arwal, Bhojpur, Begusarai, Darbhanga, Munger, Patna, Purnea, Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Sheikhpura, Jamui, Lakhisarai, Jehanabad, Gaya, Sitamarhi, and Supaul.
According to the survey report, 10 districts of the state have been declared as smoke-free districts. These districts are Arwal, Gaya, Jamui, Jehanabad, Lakhisarai, Madhubani, Munger, Purnia, Sitamarhi, and Supaul. Out of these districts, Madhubani, Munger, Lakhisarai, and Jehanabad were already given the tag of smoke-free districts in 2015.
Gaya district magistrate, Abhishek Singh said, “Tobacco Control Programme will be conducted in the district on August 18”.
“People should quit smoking as it is dangerous for health. Smoking causes several life-taking diseases like cancer, TB, Asthma”, Singh added.
Last year, the health minister Magal Pandey claimed that Bihar will be declared as tobacco-free before any other state. The minister made the claim while releasing the advocacy document for tobacco control in the state health department. Sharing the data of global adult tobacco survey (GATS) 2009-10 and 2016-17, Pandey said the percentage of people consuming tobacco in Bihar has come down from 53.5% to 28.6% respectively. He said 13 districts in the state have been declared smoke-free so far.
“Such results have been achieved because of massive awareness programme of the state government. More such programmes should be held in an educational institute as youngsters at times get addicted to tobacco consumption at this stage,” Pandey said.
As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey conducted by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare in 2010, 14.2 per cent of people in Bihar smoke. However, 24.7 per cent of all surveyed people in Bihar reported being exposed to dangerous second-hand smoke in public places.
Meanwhile, COVID-19 tally in Bihar skyrocketed to 71,794 on Friday when the state recorded more than 35,00 cases, according to the health department. So far, 46,265 patients have been recovered and the recovery rate touched 64.44%.