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GUWAHATI, Dec 26 - A group of tobacco control activists led by Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), gave a presentation before Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhawan recently on the need to intensify tobacco control initiatives in the State.

At an earlier meeting held with Dr Kataki on December 7, the Governor had referred to the health consequences of tobacco and alcohol consumption and wanted to have a detailed discussion in order to mitigate the growing menace.

Dr Kataki informed the Governor that as per the Global Burden of Disease India report 2017, the burden of non-communicable disease has increased from 30 per cent in 1990 to 55 per cent in 2016.

�This is largely due to the increase in life expectancy, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, changing lifestyle and habits, increase in the population, and gradual control of communicable diseases.

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are all lifestyle-related diseases. Tobacco and alcohol together constitute about 60 to 65 per cent of all cancers.

Almost, 50 lakh people die worldwide every year due to tobacco-related diseases, and India contributes to more than 10 lakh deaths. In India, if the current trend of tobacco usage continues, almost 20 lakh people will die by the year 2020,� Dr Kataki said.

As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report of 2010, the national prevalence of tobacco consumption was 34.6 per cent, which has decreased to 28.6 per cent in 2017. However, in Assam, tobacco consumption has increased from 39.3 per cent in 2010 to 48.2 per cent in 2017. All other north-eastern states except Sikkim have a high prevalence of tobacco consumption. Because of this, tobacco-related cancers (TRC) in the north-eastern states are highest in the country, as per the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

In Meghalaya and Tripura, TRC constitutes 65.2 per cent and 53.8 per cent in men, respectively. In Assam, TRC constitutes 46 to 52 per cent in men and 20 to 25 per cent in women. As per the report of Public Health Foundation of India, the Government of Assam in 2011 had spent Rs 157.8 crore for treatment of tobacco-related diseases out of its total health budget of Rs 542 crore for that year.

In Assam, about 3.2 lakh packets of cigarette and 6.5 lakh sachets of gutkha are sold daily. The Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS) states that 34.2 per cent of children in the North East consume tobacco as against 13 per cent in the south Indian states.

Dr Kataki added that as per a World Health Organisation report, Assam has recorded the fourth highest position in alcohol consumption, and among women it is the highest in the country. In 2006-07, the Government of Assam earned revenue of Rs 178 crore from alcohol sales, which has increased to Rs 900 crore in 2016-17.

Sanjay Seth from the Sambandh Health Foundation, New Delhi, spoke about the rising prevalence of tobacco consumption in Assam.

Dr Kataki and Seth appealed to the Governor to play the role of a champion for a massive initiative to make all the educational institutes of the State tobacco-free zones. Seth also urged the Governor to ensure implementation of the COTPA 2003 in its letter and spirit.

The Governor expressed concern at the rising prevalence of tobacco consumption in the State and assured of initiatives to deal with the problem.

Dr Kataki said the Tata Trusts could play an important role in tobacco control programmes in educational institutes of the State. He also lauded the State Tobacco Control Cell and various NGOs working relentlessly for implementation of the COTPA 2003 and for creating awareness about the growing health hazard.

The Governor assured that he would interact with the stakeholders for proper implementation of the COTPA 2003 and making educational institutes free from tobacco products.

The meeting was attended by Ashima Sarin, Sambandh Foundation, New Delhi; Akash Pradhan from Tata Trusts, Mumbai; Dr Arundhati Deka, Nodal Officer, State Tobacco Control Cell; Arzoo Dutta, Tobacco, National Health Mission; Samiran Baruah, District Tobacco Control Cell, Kamrup; Putul Phukan, former Inspector General of Police; and Dr Tashnin Rahman, Dr Rajjyoti Das, Dr Ashok Das, Dr Srabana Mishra Bhagabaty, Dr Manigreeva Krishnatreya, Dr Debanjana Barman and Kamal Deka, all from BBCI.

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Guv assures of initiatives to deal with tobacco menace in State

GUWAHATI, Dec 26 - A group of tobacco control activists led by Dr Amal Chandra Kataki, Director of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), gave a presentation before Governor Prof Jagdish Mukhi at Raj Bhawan recently on the need to intensify tobacco control initiatives in the State.

At an earlier meeting held with Dr Kataki on December 7, the Governor had referred to the health consequences of tobacco and alcohol consumption and wanted to have a detailed discussion in order to mitigate the growing menace.

Dr Kataki informed the Governor that as per the Global Burden of Disease India report 2017, the burden of non-communicable disease has increased from 30 per cent in 1990 to 55 per cent in 2016.

�This is largely due to the increase in life expectancy, rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, changing lifestyle and habits, increase in the population, and gradual control of communicable diseases.

Cardiovascular disease, cancer, stroke, chronic respiratory diseases and diabetes are all lifestyle-related diseases. Tobacco and alcohol together constitute about 60 to 65 per cent of all cancers.

Almost, 50 lakh people die worldwide every year due to tobacco-related diseases, and India contributes to more than 10 lakh deaths. In India, if the current trend of tobacco usage continues, almost 20 lakh people will die by the year 2020,� Dr Kataki said.

As per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report of 2010, the national prevalence of tobacco consumption was 34.6 per cent, which has decreased to 28.6 per cent in 2017. However, in Assam, tobacco consumption has increased from 39.3 per cent in 2010 to 48.2 per cent in 2017. All other north-eastern states except Sikkim have a high prevalence of tobacco consumption. Because of this, tobacco-related cancers (TRC) in the north-eastern states are highest in the country, as per the National Cancer Registry Programme of the Indian Council of Medical Research.

In Meghalaya and Tripura, TRC constitutes 65.2 per cent and 53.8 per cent in men, respectively. In Assam, TRC constitutes 46 to 52 per cent in men and 20 to 25 per cent in women. As per the report of Public Health Foundation of India, the Government of Assam in 2011 had spent Rs 157.8 crore for treatment of tobacco-related diseases out of its total health budget of Rs 542 crore for that year.

In Assam, about 3.2 lakh packets of cigarette and 6.5 lakh sachets of gutkha are sold daily. The Global School Personnel Survey (GSPS) states that 34.2 per cent of children in the North East consume tobacco as against 13 per cent in the south Indian states.

Dr Kataki added that as per a World Health Organisation report, Assam has recorded the fourth highest position in alcohol consumption, and among women it is the highest in the country. In 2006-07, the Government of Assam earned revenue of Rs 178 crore from alcohol sales, which has increased to Rs 900 crore in 2016-17.

Sanjay Seth from the Sambandh Health Foundation, New Delhi, spoke about the rising prevalence of tobacco consumption in Assam.

Dr Kataki and Seth appealed to the Governor to play the role of a champion for a massive initiative to make all the educational institutes of the State tobacco-free zones. Seth also urged the Governor to ensure implementation of the COTPA 2003 in its letter and spirit.

The Governor expressed concern at the rising prevalence of tobacco consumption in the State and assured of initiatives to deal with the problem.

Dr Kataki said the Tata Trusts could play an important role in tobacco control programmes in educational institutes of the State. He also lauded the State Tobacco Control Cell and various NGOs working relentlessly for implementation of the COTPA 2003 and for creating awareness about the growing health hazard.

The Governor assured that he would interact with the stakeholders for proper implementation of the COTPA 2003 and making educational institutes free from tobacco products.

The meeting was attended by Ashima Sarin, Sambandh Foundation, New Delhi; Akash Pradhan from Tata Trusts, Mumbai; Dr Arundhati Deka, Nodal Officer, State Tobacco Control Cell; Arzoo Dutta, Tobacco, National Health Mission; Samiran Baruah, District Tobacco Control Cell, Kamrup; Putul Phukan, former Inspector General of Police; and Dr Tashnin Rahman, Dr Rajjyoti Das, Dr Ashok Das, Dr Srabana Mishra Bhagabaty, Dr Manigreeva Krishnatreya, Dr Debanjana Barman and Kamal Deka, all from BBCI.