GATS report shows sharp decline in tobacco consumption in India
The recently released 2016–2017 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) report shows a remarkable reduction of tobacco consumption, from 34.6 per cent in 2009-10 to 28.6 per cent, in 2016–17. As a result, there are over 8 million fewer tobacco users today than there were just seven years ago despite the growth in the Indian population.
The most encouraging news is the decreased use of tobacco among the youth. The prevalence of tobacco use among Indians aged 15 to 24 fell by 33 per cent, from 18.4 per cent to 12.4 percent. Among youth aged 15 to 17, tobacco use fell by 54 per cent. All this confirms that India’s package of public health laws are working to reduce tobacco use and save lives.
Since 2010, India’s leaders have taken a series of strong actions at both the national and state level to curb the country’s enormous tobacco epidemic, which claims about one million lives each year. These actions include large graphic warning labels that cover 85 per cent of tobacco products. India’s warnings are among the largest in the world, showing that graphic warnings depicting the deadly consequences of tobacco use work to help current users quit and prevent people from starting to use tobacco.