BMC counsels 4,000 students for e-ciggies
After learning about e-cigarette and the increasing trend around it, Hasina S (name change), a teenager used her pocket money and told one of her brother to purchase an e-cigarette for her so that she could see how it is used. Similarly, a number of other BMC school students in the city who have been attracted to e-cigarettes following an increase in the trend.
In a recent survey conducted in 40 BMC schools, around 4,000 students from class 7 to 9 were counselled against using e-cigarette in the year 2017-18.
Of over 4,302 students who were counselled, over 34 per cent (1,441 students) voluntarily attended a session to rid themselves of the habit. Out of the 34 per cent students, 14 per cent of the addicted students were girls and 20 per cent were boys from across the city.
Gauri Mandal from Salam Bombay Foundation, said, “In majority of the cases they buy the e-cigarette from the local retail shops. Besides local shops, online ordering is another option. While few of them prefer saving their pocket money and purchase fancy colourful and different flavored e-cigarettes. Few of the students had collectively contributed money to purchase the e-cigarettes and use it one by one.”
The survey further reveals that after six months of counselling done, of 1,441 students), 70 per cent recovered successfully. Looking at the cessation outcome after six months of counselling, experts said that while overall 70 per cent of the counselled students have successfully recovered, around 53 per cent of them were e-cigarette users. Six group sessions in six months are organised for the students.
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