Majority textbooks fail to teach tobacco prevention. Saito 2013 British Medical Journal

Study on textbook content from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Benin, Ghana, Niger & Zambia. Only 9% of textbooks had descriptions on tobacco use. Further content analysis was used to evaluate if the textbooks incorporated the 5 core components recommended by the World Health Organisation.

Conclusion : “The poor content .. is squandering .. opportunities to educate .. in Grades 1-9”

TFG : Sadly within the 9% textbooks, majority failed to focus on Resistance & Lifeskills but mentioned consequence of tobacco use. Teaching consequence of tobacco use does not impact kids. This is how education has been failing to impact for decades. 

It is your society’s educational sovereignty to adopt/start a better tobacco prevention ecosystem that comes with the correct ideology, content and evidence based.

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