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Prevalence of Tobacco Use

With about 267 million tobacco smokers, India is the world's second largest consumer of tobacco products. India is also unique in the sense that it has diverse forms of tobacco products. The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted in India (2016–17) reported the overall prevalence of tobacco use to be 28.6% (smoked:10.38%, smokeless tobacco use (SLT): 21.38%). The total economic costs attributed to tobacco use from all diseases in India in 2017-18 (aged 35 years and above) amounted to USD 27.5 billion. In order to curtail the rising mortality rates and health costs due to tobacco use, the National Tobacco Control Program (NTCP), Govt...

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