Amid COVID-19, Tobacco: A Threat To All Life

Document Type : Primary Research paper


1 PhD. Research Fellow, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3541-8752

2 Assistant Professor, PhD. Research Supervisor, CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India


The whole attempt to reduce tar and nicotine for humans by using cigarette butts (CBs) ultimately ends up in the Ocean. Consumption of Tobacco not only harms a human being, but cigarette butts (CBs) pollute marine life too. The only possible solution is if humans stop smoking. It is almost impossible for a tobacco-addicted person to stop smoking without psychological or medical intervention. COVID-19 brought additional challenges for psychological intervention. One to One counselling is a challenge because of the possible spread of infection. In India, both men and women have the additional challenge of social stigma if they access psychological intervention, Specially it is more for women. Amid COVID-19, within Indian social conditions, to stop the marine pollution, environmental pollution, and health hazards due to tobacco addiction, there needs an intervention that can be self-administered without the presence of a Psychologist. Counsellors expressed that women do not come for therapy because of the stigma and embarrassment they face (Colley, A. J. 2016). With this growing number of tobacco addiction, there is a requirement for a de-addiction treatment for the social scenario of India. With the existing social scenario of India, COVID-19 has thrown an additional challenge for face-to-face counselling. There is a necessity for decision-making training, thinking skill training, and mindfulness training in today's society. The training material could be self-instructed material, like Reflective Journal, reading material, Audio, and Video CD or recorded files.