Bridging the Language Gap: India’s National Tobacco Quitline Service Now Provides Support in 15 Regional Languages

Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute celebrating World No Tobacco Day

In its fight against tobacco, the National Tobacco Quitline Service (NTQLS), run by the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute, has made an impactful step by providing support in 15 regional languages. This initiative, announced during the institute’s World No Tobacco Day celebration, exemplifies the country’s commitment to leaving no stone unturned in tackling tobacco addiction.

Launched in 2016 by Union Health Minister Hon’ble Shri Jai Prakash Nadda, the NTQLS has been a beacon of hope for those battling tobacco addiction. To date, the service has counseled over two million individuals, with 156,644 reporting to have quit tobacco use.

In recognizing the linguistic diversity of India and the necessity for every individual to access support in their native language, the Ministry of Health, Government of India, expanded the service to include 15 regional languages. With centers in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, and Guwahati, this initiative ensures that language is no barrier to those seeking help.

The expansion to regional languages reaffirms the NTQLS’s commitment to helping every Indian quit tobacco. As we mark World No Tobacco Day, the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute stands as a testament to India’s tireless efforts in combating tobacco addiction, one language at a time.


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