ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Controlling Tobacco Use

Rajesh Kumar A comprehensive long-term policy, giving due consideration to all sectors which will be affected, needs to be evolved. TOBACCO abuse has assumed epidemic proportions in India. Population-based surveys have found that 70 per cent to 80 per cent of men and 15 per cent to 30 per cent of women use tobacco. The burden of diseases caused by tobacco is relatively small at present as compared to many other communicable diseases but considering the trend in tobacco consumption in last decades tobacco-related diseases such as heart attacks, asthmatic bronchitis, cancers of lung, lips, mouth, food and windpipe, etc, will increase in future.

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