Pitching for a strong anti-tobacco policy in the state,Health Commissioner P K Taneja today launched the new curriculum to be introduced as an extra-curricular subject for standard 6 and 8 students in 480 government schools in six districts from the upcoming academic session.
The new curriculum includes graphic board-games,postcards,posters and text-books in Gujarati,which were unveiled today at a consultative meeting on anti-tobacco curriculum for schools.
The project is being implemented jointly by the states Education and Health departments,the Indian Institute of Public Health in Gandhinagar and the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI),a semi-government entity.
Gujarat is a major tobacco-growing state. As per the World Health Organisations figures from late 2000s,it accounts for 24% of the countrys total tobacco produce.
Dr Monika Arora,head of health promotion and tobacco control at the PHFI,said a recent analysis showed that anti-tobacco laws in states are more effective than the central law. She cited the example of West Bengal,where steep fines for smoking in public places are proving to be a deterrent.