Smokers in Delhi are interested in quitting smoking. A new research of the tobacco theme in the north Indian states found that smokers in Delhi had made the least tries to quit in comparison to any other state in the region. In Delhi, just 12% inhabitants attempted to kick the smoking habit. Released by the joint secretary in the union health ministry, Shakuntala Gamlin, the analysis discovered that smoking cessation was most sought after in Haryana, where maximum number of 34.2 per cents of cigarette smokers made a big effort to quit.
“This only once again shows that smoking cessation clinics in Delhi are not working. Residents are not coming forward to quit. So before seeking more clinics for Delhi in the 12th Five Year Plan, laws makers must ensure the existing tobacco cessation facilities work,” explained Monika Arora, senior director, HRIDAY (Health Related Information Dissemination Amongst Youth).
HRIDAY along with the Public Health Foundation of India analyzed the tobacco use data for six north Indian states – Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttarakhand and Himachal.
The investigation analysis discovered that the highest tries to use smokeless products were reported by adults in Himachal Pradesh followed by Uttarakhand at 37.8 percents and Delhi at 8.3 percents.
Health minister Ashok Kumar Walia, in a message argued, “I am concerned to learn that almost a quarter of Delhi’s inhabitants consumes tobacco products in one form or the other and over 32 percents of the state’s population is exposed to secondhand smoke.”