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40 pc of 'Quitline' callers quit tobacco use: Data

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Nearly 40 per cent of the 5,179 people, who had signed up with the ministry's national cessation helpline 'Quitline', quit and chewing tobacco, according to data.

A total of 2,010 registered callers have quit use after counseling since the toll-free helpline number -- 1800- 11-2356 -- was launched in May last year.

The cessation programme was launched by Minister J P Nadda on May 30 last year.

The project is financially supported by the Ministry of and Family Welfare and runs under the aegis of Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, University of

The data, gathered from May 30, 2016 to May 30, 2017, also revealed that majority of the registered callers were educated adults of age 25-64 years, which points to the fact that they were well aware of harmful effects of tobacco use but still chose to indulge in such habits, an said.

Experts said that majority of adults and youths are using tobacco under peer pressure, work pressure, stress, imitation, family conflicts, relationship issues, anxiety and social conformity.

Interestingly, 46.45 per cent of the registered callers were from Uttar Pradesh, followed by

"The toll-free service is a good way to reach out to people who are reluctant to come forward with their problem of addiction due to the fear of being judged or being embarrassed or shy," said Prof. Raj Kumar, Head, of National Center of Respiratory Allergy, Asthma and Immunology,

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First Published: Thu, January 11 2018. 21:55 IST