New Delhi: New evidence from a Government sponsored survey of tobacco use prevalent in north India has shown that health warnings helped a large majority of smokers in quitting the killer habit. In Uttarakhand, the state with the highest overall tobacco use in north India, as many as 56.5 per cent cigarette smokers thought of quitting after seeing effective health warning labels on packages. The trend points towards the need for enhancing the effectiveness of anti-tobacco pictorial warnings on cigarette packs. Not just in Uttarakhand, even cigarette smokers in Chandigarh found health warnings to be helpful in helping them quit. In Chandigarh, India`s first smoke free city, 58 per cent adults who thought of quitting did so after reading and seeking health warnings.
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