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.
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.
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.