BMC coun­sels 4,000 stu­dents for e-cig­gies

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - MUMBAI - Anagha Sawant [email protected]­

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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