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Global Youth Tobacco Survey

2021 AUG 11

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Why in news?

  • More than 29% of students in India were exposed to second-hand smoke, said the Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS-4) released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW).

Global Youth Tobacco Survey:

  • Global Youth Tobacco Survey was conducted in 2019 by the International Institute for Population Sciences (IIPS) under the MoHFW
  • The survey was designed to produce national estimates of tobacco use among school going children aged 13-15 years at the state level and Union Territory (UT) by sex, location of school (rural-urban), and management of school (public-private)
  • The first three rounds of GYTS were conducted in 2003, 2006 and 2009.
  • GYTS-4  provide information on tobacco use, cessation, second-hand smoke, access and availability, exposure to anti-tobacco informationawareness and receptivity to tobacco marketing, knowledge, and attitudes

Key Findings

  • More than 29% of students in India were exposed to second-hand smoke.
  • Decline in Tobacco Use:
    • There has been a 42% decline in tobacco use among 13-15-year-old schoolchildren in the past decade. 
  • Gender Based Usage:
    • Use of any form of tobacco was higher among boys. Prevalence of tobacco use among boys was 9.6% and among girls was 7.4%.
  • State Wise Data:
    • States with highest use among school children are Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram 
    • States with lowest use among school children are  Himachal Pradesh and Karnataka


Global Youth Tobacco Survey-4 was conducted by

(a) National Sample Survey Office

(b) International Institute for Population Sciences

(c) National Family Health Survey

(d) CARE India Foundation