But these serous ill- effects do not seem to abstain the Indian youth from the deadly traps of a noxious habit. A nation wide study reveled that youngsters are hooked up to the exhaled puffs of smoke.
Recent findings show that India has the largest population of smokers in comparison to any other country. There are about 120 million smokers in India and half of them are younger than 30. The smoking-related deaths are found to be more among the poor and the illiterate.
The root cause of more than 40 percent of tuberculosis cases of the country lies in smoking. The devastating smoking epidemic is expected to raise the smoking-related death rates to a million a year starting from 2010.
Anti-smoking activists demand for more serious and rigorous movements from the part of the government to put a stop to this grave problem. They made an urge to put warning pictures on cigarette packs for those who cannot read. Another suggestion was to raise the tax on cigarettes, so that it may reduce the number of consumers.
Indian Health Minister Abumani Ramadoss has looked upon the issue very seriously. He also assured that proper steps would be taken to bring the situation under control. He also requested the Bollywood movie stars to actively take part in anti-smoking campaigns.
Now only two percent of the Indian smokers are getting ready to quit, that too after falling ill. The remaining 98 percent must willingly put an effort to overpower the deadly addiction before they get completely sapped out.