Hyderabad: Sustained efforts of the members of a village in Andhra Pradesh have paid off as the place would be declared tobacco-free on May 31, the sources said. The announcement would be made on May 31, which is celebrated as the World No Tobacco Day.
Pongalipaka, a village with a population of 1,632 people, located in Madugula mandal and about 48 km from Hyderabad, will be declared a tobacco free village on May 31. It is a joint initiative of the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and ‘Nature’.
According to Pongalipaka sarpanch (village-head) U Demudu N Satyanaryana, efforts in this direction began on August 15 2011 when it was decided that no villager would be allowed to chew tobacco and tobacco-based products like khaini and gutka.
The villagers held a meeting (gram sabha) and adopted a resolution to impose heavy penalty on those found smoking or chewing tobacco, gutka, khaini and other such products. Under a joint initiative of PHFI and ‘Nature’, all the shops, selling tobacco in the village were asked to stop doing so.
By November 2011 no tobacoo were sold in the village and shopkeepers diverted to other businesses, the sarpanch said. Pongalipaka had bagged Nirmal Gram Puraskar in 2007 for maintaining good hygiene and sanitation.
“We are very happy with the outcome of our sustained campaign and we are confident that 10 more villages in the district of GK Veedhi, Anantagiri, Paderu, Atchutapuram, Chintapalle and Koyyuru mandals would also be tobacco-free soon,” a PHFI spokesperson said.
The campaign has been implemented for a period of four years in six districts of Andhra Pradesh and parts of Gujarat with sanction of $5 million by Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Apart from Visakhapatnam, the campaign is being implemented under Strengthening of Tobacco Control Efforts using Innovative Partnerships and Strategies (STEPS) project in East Godavari, Prakasham, Karimnagar, Mahabubnagar and Kurnool.
This World No Tobacco Day, Smokefree electronic cigarette urges India to give up smoking tobacco. For people who do not plan on quitting but cutting down on their tobacco consumption, the answer lies in the healthier smoking alternative-electric cigarettes. Amazingly similar in taste, flavour and smoking experience of regular cigarettes, e-cigarettes are actually anything but damaging.
Electronic cigarettes are devices which are used by smokers to replace their conventional cigarettes. This is a healthier way of smoking and the manufacturers claim that this can really help people in stopping and reducing addiction. The person inhales the vaporized nicotine produced by this device. This nicotine is produced from the propylene glycol. This is called nicotine solution which gets vaporized once the sensors that are present in the device detect air flow from the mouth piece when the user tries to smoke. The flavor experienced by the smoker is almost the same when they inhaled a tobacco.
E-cigarettes are non-polluting, non-flammable and non-carcinogenic. The smoker can inhale just the nicotine vapor and is not affected by that tar and tobacco which is found in the cigarettes. The state-of-the-art micro-electronic technology provides the user a real-time experience of smoking without affecting the environment and the people around. Normal cigarettes release about 4000 harmful chemical substances in addition to nicotine. This is avoided by the electronic cigarettes. The ingredients of the electronic cigarettes are not cancer-causing agents.
Electronic cigarettes have come a long way from their initial version. The current version looks more realistic and is comparatively more user friendly as compared to the earlier ones. The user gets almost the same satisfaction as the conventional cigarette. However, the major advantage is that it just offers ‘the experience’ of smoking but does not produce smoke. Unlike traditional cigarettes which release a cloud of smoke after a puff, there is no visual residue while using e-cigs. Hence, people around are not affected due to passive smoking. The usual effects of smoking like development of yellow fingers and teeth are completely prevented.
One must realize that the mind is basically addicted to nicotine, so if there is an option to derive nicotine from a non-tobacco source, then they should try it and see if it satisfy’s ones cravings. Tobacco is damaging, but nicotine is only addicting.