Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Tobacco: Burden

vknadmin December 20, 2022

Tobacco: A public health problem

Tobacco kills more than 8 million people each year. More than 7 million of those deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while around 1.2 million are the result of non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. Over 80% of the world’s 1.3 billion tobacco users live in low- and middle-income countries. All forms of tobacco are harmful, and there is no safe level of exposure to tobacco. Cigarette smoking is the most common form of tobacco use worldwide. Other tobacco products include water pipe tobacco, various smokeless tobacco products, cigars, cigarillos, roll-your-own tobacco, pipe tobacco, bidis and kreteks.The economic costs of tobacco use are substantial and include significant health care costs for treating the diseases caused by tobacco use as well as the lost human capital that results from tobacco-attributable morbidity and mortality.

Over the last decade, as you can see there is a decrease in the prevalence of smoking as well as smokeless tobacco in India. But there is a concern for smokeless tobacco, use among the rural populations and use in certain states in India. Please look at the following presentation to get a better understanding.

At the end, there is fact sheet on GATS 2 data for India. You can download it for ready reference.




Video: Tobacco use in India and challenges by Dr Pratima Murthy

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GATS 2 data for India

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