It is estimated that more than 10,00,000 people die each year due to tobacco use in India
world over 60,00,000 people die annually due to tobacco use
Link: Health India
A few days after the BMC issued a circular to penalize shopkeepers who failed to comply with anti-tobacco laws, there has been a visible change. Paan shops have covered their advertisments with white papers while shops near educational institutions hid their tobacco products. The BMC had issued a circular that states that it’s illegal to sell tobacco products to minors within 100 yards of educational institutions. It’s meant to implement the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, which was passed in 2003. “We are taking steps to ensure that the rule is duly implemented,” said BMC health committee chairman Geeta Gawli. ”Action will be taken against illegal stalls and vendors, especially near educational institutions. Also, all posters and banners advertising the tobacco products will be removed or covered.”
Smoking is the leading cause of cancer and other chronic diseases. 1 out of 3 cancer-related deaths are caused due to tobacco use. Tobacco use is estimated to have caused nearly 120,000 deaths across India in 2010, according to research carried out by the Toronto-based Centre for Global Health Research (CGHR) in partnership with Mumbai’s Tata Memorial Hospital. Nearly 600,000 Indians die of cancer every year – over seven in 10 deaths (71 percent) takes place in the 30-69 age group, the most productive period of a person’s life, says the report published in the latest issue of the Lancet medical journal. The study points out that Kerala had among the highest age standardised cancer mortality rates per 100,000 for men in the 30-69 age group (158.5 for all cancers and 53.9 for tobacco-related cancers).