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
New Delhi (India) – A report has revealed major gaps in public awareness among Indian smokers about the cardiovascular risks of tobacco use and secondhand smoke. The report titled “Cardiovascular harms from tobacco use and secondhand smoke” was commissioned by the World Heart Federation (WHF) and written by the International Tobacco Control Project (ITC Project), in collaboration with the Tobacco Free Initiative at the World Health Organization (WHO) was released at the WHF World Congress on Cardiology in Dubai today.
Countries like India and China, with over 40 percent of the world’s tobacco users already account for two million of the more than five million worldwide deaths caused by tobacco use. According to the report, the level of knowledge regarding the dangers of tobacco use as well as secondhand smoke in both countries is alarmingly low. Data revealed that nearly 38 % of smokers in India are unaware that tobacco use causes heart attacks and one in two Indian smokers are unaware that smoking causes stroke.