With 10 crore adults smoking daily, the total cost of smoking in the country is Rs 1,818,691 million due to cost of healthcare
The Hush Post: India has a very high number of child smokers. It is home to an estimated 6,25,000 children smoking between the age of 10 and 14 years as per the Global Tobacco Atlas data.
More than 9,32,600 Indian people die due to consumption of tobacco. In one week itself, 17,887 lives are lost in India. According to the tobacco atlas which has been prepared by the American Cancer Society and US-based Vital Strategies.
With 10 crore adults smoking daily, the total cost of smoking in the country is Rs 1,818,691 million due to cost of healthcare. The indirect cost of loss in productivity is there as well.
The most devastating record India really needs to tackle are the number of boys and girls smoking. Four lakh 29 thousand boys and 1 lakh 95 thousand girls in the country smoke. Also more men smoke than women smoke. The comparative numbers of the two sexes smoking stand at 90 million and 13 million respectively. Another 171 million use chewing tobacco, a cause of throat and mouth cancers.
“The industry is a force that does not fear actions of smaller nation-states because of their extensive resources. Larger economies and nations have the opportunity to help the smaller allies face down this threat,” the Global Tobacco Atlas data report said.