Clinical psychologists in Kerala have called upon the Kerala government to make the educational institutes of the state free from the grips of tobacco. According to them, parents should be able to send their children to the institutes without the apprehensions of their child falling into the dangerous trap of tobacco use at the tender age.
According to the Global Burden of Disease Study tobacco alone killed around 7.1 million people in 2016.
Kerala unit of the Indian Association of Clinical Psychologists is calling for combination of measure which include both enforcement and involvement of stakeholders to achieve the goal of public health safety.
Dr Sany Varghese, President of the Association said "in our day-to-day clinical practice, we are witness to unfortunate cases of children going astray following addiction to tobacco use. Criminal tendencies and even suicidal tendencies are reported in some students."
He also said that the licenses of the shops selling tobacco products near the educational institutes should be cancelled in order to cut the supply of these products in the institutes.