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National Health Mission

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India

Achievements

Major Achievements

  • National Tobacco Control Programme is being implemented in about 612 districts in all States/UTs presently.
  • The prevalence of tobacco use has reduced by six percentage points from 34.6% to 28.6% during the period from 2009-10 to 2016-17. The number of tobacco users has reduced by about 81 lakh (8.1 million).
  • The Government launched the National Tobacco Cessation Quitline Services [1800-112-356] which aims to guide tobacco addicts to quit tobacco.
  • Large specified health warnings on tobacco products covering 85% on both side of the principal display area of tobacco product packs and inclusion of Quitline Number (1800112356) in the specified health warnings for creating awareness among tobacco users, and give them access to counseling services to effect behavior change.
  • 'mCessation' initiative is being supported by Ministry to support tobacco users towards successful quitting through text-messaging via mobile phones (011 22901701).
  • Regulation of the use of Cigarettes and other tobacco products in films and TV programmes.
  • Established the ‘Global Knowledge Hub for Smokeless Tobacco’, which will act as a global repository of knowledge related to smokeless tobacco.
  • Acceded to the Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products under the Article 15 of WHO FCTC.
  • Issued an Advisory to ban Electronic Nicotine Delivery System (ENDS) including e-Cigarettes, Heat-Not-Burn devices, Vape, e-Sheesha, e-Nicotine Flavoured Hookah, and the like devices that enable nicotine delivery except for the purpose & in the manner and to the extent, as may be approved under the Drugs and Cosmetics Act, 1940 and Rules made thereunder.
  • Established three National Tobacco Testing Laboratories