Kripa Alva Urges Centre to Implement Kannada in 'mCessation' App

Kripa Alva Urges Centre to Implement Kannada in

Submitted by Subeditor on Thu, 2016-01-21 13:00 Bengaluru: Urging the central government to make available 'mCessation' mobile application in regional languages and demanding large size pictorial health warning on tobacco products' cover, Kripa Amar Alva, Chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, wrote a letter to Union Health Minister J P Nadda recently. While appreciating central government's new programme “mCessation” where a mobile application provides help to tobacco users in quitting tobacco use through constant and effective mobile messaging, Alva opined that a mobile application will now provide help to tobacco users in quitting tobacco use through constant and effective mobile messaging. “In Karnataka alone, as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (India), 37.6�f current tobacco smokers and 41�f current users of chewing tobacco want to quit tobacco. A majority of them are likely to benefit only if they can access help in Kannada language,” she added. Meanwhile Dr. Alva also expressed her concern over the delay in implementing the proposed larger size (85�f product pack area) pictorial health warnings on tobacco product packages.