TO­BACCO USE: PROB­LEM IN IN­DIA

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In­dia is the sec­ond largest con­sumer and third largest pro­ducer of to­bacco in the world Global adult to­bacco sur­vey (GATS) re­vealed that 48 per cent of males and 20 per cent of fe­males in the age group of 15 years and above in In­dia con­sume to­bacco in some form or other Smoke­less to­bacco use is more com­mon than the use of smoked to­bacco Smoked to­bacco use is more in men com­pared to women who are more likely to use smoke­less (chewed) to­bacco Beedis are smoked more than cig­a­rettes National Sam­ple Sur­vey Or­ga­ni­za­tion of the In­dian Govern­ment showed that 20 mil­lion of chil­dren 10-14 years of age are ad­dicted to to­bacco and about 2 mil­lion new users are added ev­ery year

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