There are 12 Crores tobacco users in India i.e. every 9th Indian consumes tobacco. Sixteen percent are cigarette smokers, 44% are bidi smokers and 40% are tobacco chewers and snuffers in the form of Gutka, Mishri, Zarda, Khaini, Pan Masala, chewing the Betal Quid and snuffing Nasvar. Smokers have 20-25 times higher risk of developing Cancer
Bidis are more lethal than cigarettes
Chewing and inhaling smokeless tobacco is the most lethal form of tobacco available as Gutka, Khaini,Zarda, Pan Masala. Chewing the Betal Quid and snuffing Nasvar is responsible for Cancer of the Mouth (Oral Cavity). India has the largest number of Oral Cancer in the world.
Of 1000 youth who smoke today, 500 will die of tobacco related illness, 250 in middle life and 250 in old age. Those who die earlier lose on an average 22 to 26 years of productive life, those who die later suffer ill health. Projections of WHO show that India will have the highest rate of rise in tobacco related deaths during this period compared to all other countries. In the India survey by Government of India, 1 in every 5 male deaths and 1 in every 20 female deaths are caused by Tobacco smoking. Government of India survey shows that 20% deaths in males and 5% deaths in females are caused by tobacco. Males smokers loose 6 years of expected life and females smokers loose 8 years of expected life. By consumption of cigarette you lose eight minute of your life. Chronic inhalation of tobacco smoke exposes the entire body, every tissue and cell to powerful mutagens and carcinogens, hastening the malignant cellular evolutionary process and resulting in the accelerated occurrences of the broad spectrum of cancers and other diseases, constituting “Tobaccosis” Cancer of mouth, nasopharynx, larynx, trachea, bronchi, lungs, oesophagus, stomach, liver, pancreas, kidney, bladder, prostate, cervix, brain, colorectal cancers and leukemia. What You Need To Know?
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