Health  India Project #10294

Prevent tobacco use among 1,000 South Indian youth

by Weaker Section Welfare Association (WESWA Trust)


Over a quarter of all youth in India are addicted to tobacco. This project, which aims to prevent the physical and psychological injuries caused by tobacco smoking and chewing, will be undertaken among 500 rural youth plus 500 students in Pudukkottai District of Tamil Nadu. Awareness campaign actions to prevent tobacco use by youths of rural Tamil Nadu will include leadership training, awareness seminars, cultural events, handbills & posters that promote a tobacco free future for Indian youths.

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India has been warned it faces a smoking-related health crisis. Nearly one in five school children in India use some form of tobacco, according to a survey conducted by the World Health Organisation. Nearly 17% of students aged under 16 use some form of tobacco, most of them cigarettes. And despite a countrywide ban, sale of tobacco and tobacco products to minors have shown no decline over the past three years. Govt reports find there is no difference in consumption levels among girls and boys.


Our project will train local youth leaders to conduct awareness seminars for peer groups. Cultural events will be conducted in the main population centers of our target area of Viralimalai. Printed campaign materials will be printed and distributed at schools and other youth venues. Yoga, meditation, naturopathy, etc. will be promoted as alternatives to tobacco use for the target groups: school children and rural youths.

Long-Term Impact

Our project targets 500 rural youths and 500 school students, who may be spared from the health menace of oral cancer, throat cancer and lung cancer, hypertension, and other long-term health problems. Our project aims to create a Tobacco Free Younger Society and save the lives of uncounted young people.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


WESWA (Weaker Section Welfare Assoc) home page
WESWA Trust Annual Report for 2010-2011
WESWA's Objectives
WESWA contact info

Organization Information

Weaker Section Welfare Association (WESWA Trust)

Location: Viralimalai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​
Weaker Section Welfare Association (WESWA Trust)
Patrick Harrigan
Project Leader:
Patrick Harrigan
Jacksonville, USA United States

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