Uttar Pradesh is the most populous State of India. It has a higher incidence of tobacco use (about 34 per cent) than the national average. According to an estimate one in every five person in Uttar Pradesh is a tobacco user. According to the India Cancer Report, the State also has the highest prevalence of throat and mouth cancer cases, about 20 per cent of the national burden. The age of initiation of tobacco use is among the lowest in India, and chewing, bidi smoking and cigarettes (in that order) are the principal forms of tobacco use.
Tobacco Control Programme is implemented by UPVHA with the financial support of Bloom Berg Initiatives through The Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, New Delhi. The objective of the project is effective implementation and enforcement of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA), 2003, especially Sections 4, 5 and 6 in 25 districts of UP.
The project envisages creating smoke free public places and tobacco free educational institutions and towards these it seeks to build capacity of the policy makers, law enforcers, coalition partners, educational institutions, panchayati raj Institutions, health workers and NGOs on Sections 4, 5, 6 and 7 of COTPA.
The achievements are: