ADVOCATING A HEALTHIER POLICY FOR REDUCING THE INTAKE OF TOBACCO IN ANY FORMS AND MINIMIZING THE TOBACCO USE IN YOUNG ADULTS.
INDIAN CANCER SOCIETY
Indian Cancer Society is the oldest cancer cure institution registered in Asia.This institute was found by Dr D.J. Jussawalla and Mr. Naval Tata in 1951 as the first voluntary, non-profit national organization of India.It aimed at awareness, identification, cure and sustenance of the people affected by the deadly diseases such as cancer (Indian Cancer Society,2016)
It has been assisting the numerous underprivileged people affected by cancer by funding for their treatment (Sankaranarayanan and Boffetta, 2010).It has been providing a great social service in the sector of health and social care by curing and assisting people affected by the deadly disease.
Reducing the extent and prevalence of consumption of tobacco in young adults in India will avoid the risk of non-communicable diseases particularly lung cancer.The policy formulated is aimed at reducing mortality and improving the quality of life. The Indian cancer society being a pioneer for providing outstanding health care services will strive to achieve its goal.
BACKGROUND TO THE HEALTH ISSUE
India is the third largest producer and consumer of tobacco globally (Rawat, Gouda and Shekhar, 2015). A journal article published in BMJ global health states that the number of men consuming tobacco in India rose by more than one-third to 108 million between 1998 and 2015.The consumption patterns of tobacco in India is unusual, and is taken in a variety of forms such as smoking or smokeless (Mishra, Pimple and Shastri, 2012).The consumption of tobacco is associated with the diminishing life duration and the amount or degree of the disability caused increases as the habitual amount of smoking increased (WHO 2013).
There are one billion smokers all over the world, out of which the majority belongs to low and middle income countries like India. The burden of tobacco-related illness and death is increasing now (World Health Organization, 2017).
The age group of 15-29 constitutes adolescents and youth in Indian population (Youthpolicy.org, 2014).The absolute number of smokers aged 150-29 yrs has increased substantially over the last 15-20 years. This is evident by the study conducted by Mishra, Pimple and Shastri, 2012 on Indian population above 15 years of age in 1998 and 2010.The results confirmed that age specific prevalence was higher in 2010 than in 1998 in the age group of 15-29.Another survey by ?The Global Youth Tobacco Survey? India in age group of 13-15 found out that 14.6%, of students currently use any form of tobacco; Current cigarrete smokers constitute 4.4%; 12.5% currently use some other form of tobacco. Smoking initiate at this age of 13-15 and hence increase with the addiction. The habit of smoking if begins in the early life during adolescence is likely to continue for the lifetime (Chadda...