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Punjab losing fight against tobacco

Chandigarh, April 26: Despite tobacco consumption being a sensitive issue in Punjab, it is among seven states in the country that have witnessed a surge in tobacco users over the past seven years. Use of smokeless tobacco has gone up from 6.5% to 8% between 2010 and 2017 while smoking habit has increased from 6.9% to 7.3% as per the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report released last week.

Overall, the prevalence of any tobacco use has increased from 11.7% in GATS I (2009-10) to 13.4% in GATS 2 (2016-17).The prevalence of smokeless tobacco use has increased by 1.5 percentage points over this period.

The household survey is done in collaboration with the World Health Organisation(WHO) covering persons 15 years of age or older and conducted in 30 states and two Union Territories. As per its latest findings, 25.3% of men, 0.5% of women and 13.4% of all adults in Punjab either smoke tobacco and/or use smokeless tobacco.

Bidi and khaini (a form of chewing tobacco that contains slaked lime) are the two most commonly used tobacco products; 5.9% of adults smoke bidi and 5.2% use khaini in the state, found the survey.

 

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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