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New campaign in Karnataka warns tobacco users of the dangers of tobacco use

March 19, 2021 23:30 IST | ANI Press Release
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Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 19 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Tobacco use is the leading preventable killer in the world, and in India, it is responsible for around (https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/problem/toll-global/asia/india)1 million deaths annually. To reduce the burden of tobacco use, today the state health department of Karnataka launched a statewide tobacco control campaign to warn against the deadly harms of using tobacco and motivate users to quit.

This campaign was developed with technical support from (https://www.vitalstrategies.org) Vital Strategies, a global public health organization.

The campaign includes two evidence-based, hard-hitting public service announcements (PSAs) designed to depict the grim reality of tobacco's link to cancers and heart disease and encourage tobacco users to call the national tobacco Quitline (1800112356) for help.

Dr Arundhathi Chandrashekar IAS, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Karnataka, said "We are committed to reducing the menace of tobacco in the state of Karnataka and progress is being made. According to the latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey (https://tmc.gov.in/images/act/Karnataka%20GATS-2%20Factsheet.pdf) GATS 2), overall tobacco use in Karnataka has declined by 5.4 per cent and the average age for tobacco initiation has increased. We are working towards strengthening tobacco control efforts in the state by ramping up activities related to smoke-free areas, decreasing youth exposure to tobacco and ensuring compliance with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act. The mass media campaign is a critical step forward in conveying the harms of tobacco use and discouraging people from consuming tobacco in every form."

The PSA 'I Don't Believe' is an awareness campaign that depicts how smokeless tobacco users are more prone to a heightened risk of cancer compared to nonusers. 'When You Quit' warns against the deadly effects of smoking cigarettes and (https://www.vitalstrategies.org/statement-from-nandita-murukutla-vice-president-global-policy-and-research-vital-strategies-on-the-ban-on-sale-of-loose-cigarettes-and-bidis-by-the-government-of-maharashtra-india) bidis, particularly the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and it shows smokers the gradual health benefits they'll experience from quitting over time. Both PSAs encourage people to quit tobacco and comply with bans on public tobacco use and spitting enacted to (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/COVID19PandemicandTobaccoUseinIndia.pdf) prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"Mass media campaigns that highlight tobacco's deadly harms promote healthy behaviours, prompt attempts to quit, prevent youth initiation and create a supportive environment for policy change," said Vaishakhi Mallik, Associate Director, South Asia at Vital Strategies. "We commend the government of Karnataka on the launch of the mass media and a digital media campaign to encourage behaviour change among current and potential tobacco users. Paired with stronger smoke-free laws, comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and higher tobacco taxes, public education campaigns are a critical tactic for ending the tobacco epidemic."

(https://www.vitalstrategies.org/resources/effectiveness-of-mass-media-campaigns-in-reducing-smoking-and-smoking-related-deaths-in-high-middle-and-low-income-countries) Research has shown that media campaigns are one of the most effective means to build support for tobacco control policies and encourage behaviour change to help people stop smoking. It is one of the (https://www.vitalstrategies.org/resources/effectiveness-of-mass-media-campaigns-in-reducing-smoking-and-smoking-related-deaths-in-high-middle-and-low-income-countries) World Health Organization's MPOWER (W=Warn) strategies to reduce tobacco consumption (https://www.businesswireindia.com/new-campaign-in-karnataka-warns-tobacco-users-of-the-dangers-of-tobacco-use-72135.html)

Vital Strategies conducted rigorous testing of the PSAs with focus groups to ensure their effectiveness and impact on the public. The research found that the PSAs as 'easy to understand,' and participants provided feedback that the campaigns 'made them stop and think,' 'made them uncomfortable,' and that they 'learnt something.' Overall, the PSAs fared very well in captivating people's attention and conveying the harms related to tobacco use.

The campaign will broadcast in Kannada on TV channels in Karnataka for a period of three weeks. The mass media campaign will also be accompanied by a digital media campaign which will be placed on major digital online streaming platforms- Facebook, Voot, and Hotstar in English and Kannada for the same campaign duration.

(https://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/warn/en) (https://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/warn/en/)

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New campaign in Karnataka warns tobacco users of the dangers of tobacco use

Bengaluru (Karnataka) [India], March 19 (ANI/BusinessWire India): Tobacco use is the leading preventable killer in the world, and in India, it is responsible for around (https://www.tobaccofreekids.org/problem/toll-global/asia/india)1 million deaths annually. To reduce the burden of tobacco use, today the state health department of Karnataka launched a statewide tobacco control campaign to warn against the deadly harms of using tobacco and motivate users to quit.

This campaign was developed with technical support from (https://www.vitalstrategies.org) Vital Strategies, a global public health organization.

The campaign includes two evidence-based, hard-hitting public service announcements (PSAs) designed to depict the grim reality of tobacco's link to cancers and heart disease and encourage tobacco users to call the national tobacco Quitline (1800112356) for help.

Dr Arundhathi Chandrashekar IAS, Mission Director, National Health Mission, Government of Karnataka, said "We are committed to reducing the menace of tobacco in the state of Karnataka and progress is being made. According to the latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey (https://tmc.gov.in/images/act/Karnataka%20GATS-2%20Factsheet.pdf) GATS 2), overall tobacco use in Karnataka has declined by 5.4 per cent and the average age for tobacco initiation has increased. We are working towards strengthening tobacco control efforts in the state by ramping up activities related to smoke-free areas, decreasing youth exposure to tobacco and ensuring compliance with the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act. The mass media campaign is a critical step forward in conveying the harms of tobacco use and discouraging people from consuming tobacco in every form."

The PSA 'I Don't Believe' is an awareness campaign that depicts how smokeless tobacco users are more prone to a heightened risk of cancer compared to nonusers. 'When You Quit' warns against the deadly effects of smoking cigarettes and (https://www.vitalstrategies.org/statement-from-nandita-murukutla-vice-president-global-policy-and-research-vital-strategies-on-the-ban-on-sale-of-loose-cigarettes-and-bidis-by-the-government-of-maharashtra-india) bidis, particularly the risk of cardiovascular diseases, and it shows smokers the gradual health benefits they'll experience from quitting over time. Both PSAs encourage people to quit tobacco and comply with bans on public tobacco use and spitting enacted to (https://www.mohfw.gov.in/pdf/COVID19PandemicandTobaccoUseinIndia.pdf) prevent the spread of COVID-19.

"Mass media campaigns that highlight tobacco's deadly harms promote healthy behaviours, prompt attempts to quit, prevent youth initiation and create a supportive environment for policy change," said Vaishakhi Mallik, Associate Director, South Asia at Vital Strategies. "We commend the government of Karnataka on the launch of the mass media and a digital media campaign to encourage behaviour change among current and potential tobacco users. Paired with stronger smoke-free laws, comprehensive bans on tobacco advertising and higher tobacco taxes, public education campaigns are a critical tactic for ending the tobacco epidemic."

(https://www.vitalstrategies.org/resources/effectiveness-of-mass-media-campaigns-in-reducing-smoking-and-smoking-related-deaths-in-high-middle-and-low-income-countries) Research has shown that media campaigns are one of the most effective means to build support for tobacco control policies and encourage behaviour change to help people stop smoking. It is one of the (https://www.vitalstrategies.org/resources/effectiveness-of-mass-media-campaigns-in-reducing-smoking-and-smoking-related-deaths-in-high-middle-and-low-income-countries) World Health Organization's MPOWER (W=Warn) strategies to reduce tobacco consumption (https://www.businesswireindia.com/new-campaign-in-karnataka-warns-tobacco-users-of-the-dangers-of-tobacco-use-72135.html)

Vital Strategies conducted rigorous testing of the PSAs with focus groups to ensure their effectiveness and impact on the public. The research found that the PSAs as 'easy to understand,' and participants provided feedback that the campaigns 'made them stop and think,' 'made them uncomfortable,' and that they 'learnt something.' Overall, the PSAs fared very well in captivating people's attention and conveying the harms related to tobacco use.

The campaign will broadcast in Kannada on TV channels in Karnataka for a period of three weeks. The mass media campaign will also be accompanied by a digital media campaign which will be placed on major digital online streaming platforms- Facebook, Voot, and Hotstar in English and Kannada for the same campaign duration.

(https://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/warn/en) (https://www.who.int/tobacco/mpower/warn/en/)

This story is provided by BusinessWire India. ANI will not be responsible in any way for the content of this article. (ANI/BusinessWire India)

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(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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