As per a study by Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) the number of smokers in India has reduced by 81 lakh people compared to their first survey in 2010. This means that tobacco use has fallen by six percent over the past seven years. GATS a global survey that systematically monitors adult tobacco use by tracing key tobacco control indicators and its latest survey involved 74,037 people aged 15 and above across India between August 2016 and February 2017.
The survey also found that India had gained by adding larger pictorial warnings on tobacco products, higher taxes and awareness campaigns. The study found that there has been a 33 percent reduction in use of tobacco amongst 15 to 24 year olds and a 54 per cent drop in people between 15 to 17 years of age.
Image and statistics courtesy WHO and GATS 2 survey
What’s more the study also found that Khaini, bidi and gutka are the most commonly used items among Indian men, while women primarily use betel quid with tobacco and khaini. The survey shows 19% of men, 2% of women and 10.7% of all adults currently smoke tobacco, while 29.6% of men, 12.8% of women and 21.4% of all adults use smokeless forms.
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