TOBACCO: A GLOBAL EPIDEMIC
Tobacco is the only legal consumer product that kills when used exactly as indicated by the manufacturer.
According to the World Heallh Organization, 1 billion people will be killed in the 21st century due to smoking and only effective policies at the global level can reduce this deadly toll.
Why is tobacco an area of concern globally?
# Smoking is the risk factor for 6 out of 8 leading causes of death in the wor1d. It harms everyone who uses it or is exposed to it and kills 1 in every 2 users.
# Around the world, nearly 5.4 million people every year die from lung cancer, heart disease and other illnesses.
The WHO estimates that in the 21st century, about 1 billion people around the wodd, will die from smoking, ten times the number killed throughout the 20th centuly.
This number could increase to more than eight million a year by 2030.*
* Voluntary Health Association of India
India’s Annual Death Toll from Smoking May Soon Top One Million.
A pandemic of smoking-related death and disease is poised to claim a million lives each year in India unless something is done soon to turn the situation around, warns a major new study in the New England Journal of Medicine. The largest-ever survey of Indian smoking habits and their relation to mortality was led by Dr. Prabhat Jha, from the University of Toronto’s Centre for Global Health Research.
IF TOBACCO KILLS – KILL IT
From this year onwards 1 million Indians are going to die from smoking every year.
That is the equivalent of 2740 people every day or 114 people every hour or about 1.9 Indians will die every minute from smoking.
Smoking and Deaths in India
- INDIA: 1 million (10 lakh) smoking deaths per year during 2010s
- Smoking causes 10% of the 10 million (1 crore) deaths per year from all fatal diseases
- 70% of smoking deaths are in middle age (30 – 69): 700,000; 600,000 men and 100,000 women
- 20% of all adult male deaths and 5% of all adult female deaths in middle age
- Over 50% of smoking deaths are in illiterate adults
SMOKING CAUSES HALF THE TUBERCULOSIS DEATHS IN INDIAN MEN
Half the male tuberculosis deaths in India are caused by smoking, and three quaners of the smokers who become ill with tuberculosis (TB) would not have done so if they had not smoked. These are the conclusions of a major new study led by the Epidemiological Research Center in Chennai, India and primarily funded by the UK Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK.
“Smokers seem to have higher propensity (to TB) and suffer much worse consequences. In India smoking was causing TB and killing more people than lung cancer.”
Dr. P C Gupta of Healis Sekhsaria Institute for Public Health (Reported In Times of india)
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