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Concerted efforts to reduce tobacco usage in Karnataka – 21 de Enero de 2015 – India

Various stakeholders, including International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases and the Karnataka Government, are making concerted efforts to bring down the tobacco usage in the state as much as possible, from 28 per cent among those aged above 15 years, as reported in 2009.

In this regard, a workshop was organized here on Wednesday to sensitize different stakeholders on Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products (COTP) Act, 2003, by the district administration in association with various departments.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the workshop, Union’s Technical Advisor Rana J. Singh said besides Karnataka, they have chosen Rajasthan too since both the governments were proactive in their approach towards containing the tobacco menace. As much as 28 per cent of Karnataka’s population aged above 15 per cent (about 1 crore people) and 33 per cent of Rajasthan’s population use tobacco as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey conducted by the Union government in 2009.

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