The district administration will run mobile clinics, which will inform people about the harmful effects of tobacco and help them quit consuming the product.
More than 25% population of Gautam Budh Nagar consumes different forms of tobacco. Rural areas have more number of addicts than urban centres. Recently, many villages in Noida had imposed a ban on the sale and purchase of tobacco products. “We are working on a rehabilitation plan with local hospitals. We plan to run mobile clinics, which will be manned by an expert medical team who will help people quit tobacco consumption,” said Rajesh Kumar Yadav, city magistrate.
“These clinics will go to villages and urban sectors too. The administration should plan holding such clinics, keeping in view the number of tobacco addicts in a particular area,” said Dr Deepak Talwar, chief pulmonologist and anti-tobacco clinic chairman.
"In the past one year, the Metro Hospital has helped around 75 people quit smoking," he said.
Patients undergoing treatment at the hospital’s anti-tobacco clinic say it has been helpful. “I decided to quit consuming gutka after 20 years. The clinic at Metro Hospital has helped me quit it in just two months,” said Mukesh Kumar of Noida.