: The Federation of Residents' Associations will make tobacco-control activities an important part of its welfare agenda. All residents' associations will prepare a draft plan on keeping public places and schools within their area tobacco-free, it was decided at a workshop organised by FRAT and Kerala Voluntary Health Services.

It has been decided to form community groups within residents' associations to tackle the increasing use of chewing tobacco among children. District Medical Officer N. Sreedhar suggested that more awareness be created by these community groups among children of the ill-effects of using pan masala or chewing tobacco.