Tobacco Consumption High among Indian Females: Government
More than 20 percent of India's female population consumes tobacco, the Union government stated on Tuesday.
As per the findings of the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), conducted by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (2010), 20.3 percent of females - 15 years and above - consume tobacco in some form or the other.
The use of smokeless forms of tobacco is more prevalent (18.4 percent) among females than smoking forms (2.9 percent), Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Harsh Vardhan pointed out in Rajya Sabha.
The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) says that over half of all oral cancers in Asia are caused by tobacco.
Based on the data provided by the National Cancer Registry Programme, the estimated number of new cancer cases for 2035 is about 1.9 million, Harsh Vardhan said.
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