Monitoring of tobacco free schools through smart phones
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Salaam Bombay Foundation, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India
Publication date: 2021-09-02
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Tshering Doma Bhutia   

Salaam Bombay Foundation, Nariman Point, Mumbai, India
Tob. Induc. Dis. 2021;19(Suppl 1):A274
Tobacco epidemic is one of the biggest public health threats world has ever faced. Children being soft targets of tobacco industry as potential new users, creating tobacco free environment in educational institutions where youth spend a considerable time is the need of the hour.

Salaam Bombay Foundation has introduced android based mobile application 'tobacco free schools' to monitor the schools implementing ‘Tobacco Free Educational Institution’ (TEFI) guidelines released by government of India.

TFEI guidelines have 12 criteria to be fulfilled by educational institution. SBF has collaborated with State Health Department of Maharashtra to provide technical assistance to monitor ‘Tobacco Free’ status of schools in Mumbai using android platform based 'Tobacco Free Schools' application. Unique identification number abbreviated as UDISE number in India is to be used by each school as login address and after the initial login using a system password; the concerned school can choose their own password to secure the ‘Tobacco Free School’ data submitted though application. Details of 12 criteria of TEFI guidelines which include display of ‘Tobacco Free School’ and ‘Tobacco Free Area’ boards, restriction on tobacco use and sale of tobacco in premises and within 100 yards of school, designating tobacco monitors from school staff and students, conducting various tobacco control activities at school viz. pledge, drawing/poster, quiz competition etc. can be submitted by a school along with photographs through this application.

Till date 643 schools have submitted the data and photographs of criteria fulfilled. Based on the data and photographs received, 457 have been awarded the 'Tobacco Free' status.

Use of mobile application is faster, user friendly way to report and monitor school’s compliance to TEFI guidelines.

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