Delhi government’s additional director of health, SK Arora, made India proud as he was awarded the prestigious WHO World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award for his extraordinary contribution towards tobacco control.
Arora was presented the World No Tobacco Day 2017 Award award by Henk Bekedam, WHO India country head at a gathering on August 16. Every year, the World Health Organization recognizes individuals or organisations alike in each of the six WHO regions for their accomplishments in the area of tobacco control. Tobacco prevalence in Delhi has come down by 6.5 per cent in the past six years which is more than the rest of India average figures, Arora told PTI. The National Health Policy 2017 of the Government of India has set targets of relative reduction in tobacco prevalence by: 15 per cent by 2020, and 30 per cent by 2025
Delhi has already achieved these targets before 2017, Arora said. According to Global Adult Tobacco Survey-2 (GATS 2, 2016-17), the prevalence of tobacco use has reduced by 27 per cent in Delhi as compared to 17 per cent for the rest of India average.