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CM Siddaramaiah to tobacco users: Stop chewing into our resources

The state government is spending Rs 983 crore annually for treating tobacco related diseases and this has become a huge burden on the exchequer, said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah.

Releasing a report on Economic Burden of Tobacco Related Diseases in Karnataka, the CM said the figure pertained to 2011, for those aged 35-69, of which 73% was direct medical costs and 27% indirect morbidity costs.

There is a need to create awareness about use of tobacco. The economic cost of four specific diseases Cardio vascular disease, cancer, tuberculosis and respiratory diseases amounted to Rs 315 crore.

The report pointed that the economic cost for all diseases due to tobacco use is higher in males, except for cancer where the economic cost in females due to smokeless tobacco was higher, he pointed out.

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