Voices for tobacco Free GenerationProtecting Indian Children from a highly addictive and killer substance
Tobacco Free Generation
According to the WHO, at least 43 million adolescents aged 13-15 used tobacco globally in 2018 (14 million girls and 29 million boys)
Tobacco is addictive and dangerous in any form over a period of time. Smokable tobacco products, including waterpipes, contain over 7000 chemicals, and about 250 chemicals known to be toxic or cause cancer according to World Health Organisation (WHO)
The tobacco free generation campaign promoted by WHO advocates legislations to preclude the sale and supply of tobacco to individuals born after a certain year. Most European nations are adopting these guidelines and the latest one is by New Zealand Government which has set 2025 as the deadline to adopt he same.
Why Tobacco Free Generation
As the developed nations are putting in place safety nets to protect their young population, the tobacco companies are turning towards the developing nations.
For years, tobacco industry has been targeting children through its aggressive marketing strategies. It is evident from the internal documents of population that how multinational tobacco companies design their products and promote their campaigning strategies to attract children as well as adults. Millions of people are suffering from the poisonous effects of tobacco and many more have died due to tobacco attributable diseases. Following are the quotes taken from the industry’s internal documents:
“Hitting the youth can be more efficient even though the cost to reach them is higher, because they are willing to experiment, they have more influence over others in their age group than they will later in life, and they are far more loyal to their starting brand”.
“A cigarette for the beginner is a symbolic act. I am no longer my mother’s child, I’m tough… As the force from the psychological symbolism subsides, the pharmacological effect takes over to sustain the habit”
In 2018, the major manufacturers spent 8.4 billion USD on cigarette advertisement and 62.2 million USD on point-of-sales materials.
Implication of tobacco use on young population
- It robs them of a bright, productive and healthy future
- Children who are exposed to tobacco stand a chance of getting hooked to it within a short span of time.
- Adolescents who become addicted to tobacco are bound to develop chronic respiratory disorders and further suffer from heart ailments, vascular ailments and cancer leading to premature death.
Let us Act now
Everyone who is concerned about future of India, must support the campaign
Our appeal for Tobacco Free Generation requires the following actions:
- Increase tax on tobacco products to protect children from tobacco use
- Increase legal age to access tobacco products to 21 years.
- Increase the penalties on violation of tobacco control laws
- Make public places 100% smoke free.
- Introduce Vendor licensing for sale of tobacco products and ensure its compliance.
- Ban hookah bars to save youth from falling prey to tobacco and drug use.
As a first step toward Tobacco Free Generation
We strongly appeal for increase in tax on all tobacco products
We firmly believe that increase in tax on tobacco products will result in increase in price which will be act as
deterrent to purchase of the product by our children
We appeal to all children, teachers, parents and child health and child rights advocates to write an email to Prime Minister and Finance Minister regarding our concern
Prime Minister- firstname.lastname@example.org
Finance minister- email@example.com
They can also make short videos of 30 seconds duration for the increase in tax and send them to PM and FM. an alternative they can send the Videos to firstname.lastname@example.org by mail or by what’s app to 9448034152 which will be forwarded to the concerned.