Smoking Habits in India on the Rise

by Dr. Sunil Shroff on  March 16, 2008 at 6:48 PM Lifestyle News
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Smoking Habits in India on the Rise
A report from a Govt. Agency in India indicates an increasing prevalence of tobacco consumption in India, with 57% males and 10.8% females reportedly consuming tobacco in some form. This is against the general global trend

The state wise data is annexed. As per the NSSO age-specific rates, regular consumers of tobacco (aged 10 year and above) were 18.65 crore in rural India and 4.93 crore in urban areas in 2004. The state wise Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), 2006 also indicates a decrease in the age of onset of tobacco consumption in the age group of 13-15 years.

Section 4 of the "The Cigarette and other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003" prohibits smoking in a Public Place.

There are studies to indicate a strong linkage between film personalities and their influence on youth. Since a few film personalities have reportedly been violating the provisions of the Act, by smoking at public places, they have been advised time and again to desist from such action(s).

This information was given by the Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Smt. Panabaaka Lakshmi in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha.



Use of tobacco by state
Percentage of women and men age 15-49 who use any kind of tobacco, who smoke cigarettes or bidis, by state, India, 2005-06
State Women Men
Who use any kind of tobacco Who smoke cigarettes/bidis Who use any kind of tobacco Who smoke cigarettes/bidis
India 10.8 1.4 57.0 32.7
North
Delhi
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu & Kashmir
Punjab
Rajasthan
Uttaranchal
3.1
3.3
1.2
5.3
0.8
7.8
5.4
1.4
2.6
1.1
0.7
0.5
3.3
2.7
40.0
46.3
40.0
52.7
33.8
60.4
53.3
26.5
39.8
33.6
40.2
20.9
41.8
36.3
Central
Chhattisgarh
Madhya Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh
25.2
16.0
12.1
0.2
0.5
2.4
68.6
68.5
64.3
31.8
40.2
35.5
East
Bihar
Jharkhand
Orissa
West Bengal
8.0
11.6
31.4
15.6
4.9
0.6
0.3
1.3
66.5
61.7
68.8
70.2
29.0
19.4
27.1
50.1
North
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam
Manipur
Meghalaya
Mizoram
Nagaland
Sikkim
Tripura
27.2
23.2
39.6
31.9
60.8
28.1
18.7
48.2
3.1
0.6
4.3
1.9
16.1
0.3
5.4
7.9
62.6
72.4
69.5
69.2
83.4
67.9
61.8
76.0
31.4
36.4
37.9
60.0
73.6
39.3
33.3
56.7
West
Goa
Gujarat
Maharastra
4.4
8.4
10.5
0.2
0.6
0.1
27.8
60.2
48.2
13.6
26.1
17.7
South
Andhra Pradesh
Karnataka
Kerala
Tamil Nadu
5.2
4.8
1.8
2.8
0.5
0.1
0.1
0.0
42.8
44.7
43.5
40.1
32.5
27.9
35.8
31.2


Source: PIB
SS/M

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