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Jammu & Kashmir Reports Highest Number of Smokers

by Vishnuprasad on  March 7, 2015 at 8:51 PM Indian Health News   - G J E 4
About 26.6% population of Jammu & Kashmir is using tobacco products, as a result the state has emerged lung cancer capital of India, the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) reported on Friday.
 Jammu & Kashmir Reports Highest Number of Smokers
Jammu & Kashmir Reports Highest Number of Smokers
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Eight lakh people will die untimely death due to serious illnesses, heart attacks, pulmonary diseases and Cancer, said J&K Voluntary Health Association, A.M.Mir IAS (Retd) Executive Director. Around 15 lakh people will protract Cancer because of tobacco usage in the State and currently, J&K State has been labelled as the lung cancer capital of India.

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He informed that the Burden of cigarette smoking and tobacco use for Jammu Kashmir is very high. J&K has 12% cigarette smokers, 3.8% bidi smokers and 8.0% smokeless tobacco users.

J&K's cigarette use prevalence is 12%, which is almost double the nationwide prevalence of 5.7%. The highest proportion of adults 67.9% are exposed to tobacco smoke in offices and other public places in J&K as compared to 15.4% in Chandigarh.

Source: Medindia
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