Itanagar, Jan. 11 -- India has the highest number of oral cancer cases in the world out of which 90 per cent were due to tobacco-related diseases, according to
a World Health
Organisation (WHO) survey report.
The report said more than 2,200 Indians die each day from a tobacco-related cases and in 2010, an estimated ten lakh
people will die due to the killer disease. Every day, 55,000
Indian youths start tobacco use, the report further said.
In view of the growing tobacco menace, a one-day Media Advocacy Workshop on Tobacco Control was jointly organised by Itanagar Press Club (IPC) and Voluntary Health Association
of India (VHAI) here recently.
In the meeting both the print and electronic media unanimously observed that strict enforcement of section 4four of the Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products (Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) Act, 2003, should be ensured.
Highlighting different aspects of tobacco in terms of health hazards and socio-economic impact, epidemiologist Dr L Jampa informed that India is the second largest consumer and is placed third in respect of tobacco production.
He informed that in 17 out of 29 states of India, tobacco use is more than 69 per cent. The Northeastern region exhibits highest rates of tobacco use - in Mizoram more than 80 per cent of men use some form of tobacco, followed by Tripura (76 per cent) and Assam (72). Arunachal Pradesh is the second largest state whose people chew tobacco products after
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