India lauded by WHO for anti-smoking mechanisms

anti-smoking mechanismsThe World Health Organisation lauded India’s tobacco control mechanisms, calling the country a “champion” for curbing “tobacco marketing in films”.

The Indian government had last year announced that cigarette packets would have to stamp health warnings across 85% of the surface and plans on raising the age of tobacco sale to 21 as well as ban the use of loose cigarettes.

According to the WHO Global Tobacco Control Report 2013, smokeless tobacco consumption- including chewing products such as gutkha, zarda, paan masala and khaini is culturally more common as a form of tobacco use than cigarette smoking in India.

For smokeless tobacco among adults, 32.9% of males and 18.4% females are the current users, the report said.

International Tobacco Control Project (ITCP) has estimated a death toll of 1.5 million a year in India by 2020 with the current rate of tobacco use.

There are 6 million deaths globally each year due to tobacco use, WHO said.

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