GATS re­port shows sharp de­cline in to­bacco con­sump­tion in In­dia

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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.

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