Equal consumption of tobacco by men, women in Rajasthan's Hadouti
Kota: An equal number of women as men consume tobacco in the southeastern Hadouti region of Rajasthan, raising social and health concerns in the state, a survey has revealed.
The ratio of men and women consuming tobacco in Hadouti, comprising Kota, Bundi, Jhalawar and Baran districts, stood at 1:1 as against the national ratio of 5:1, according to a survey conducted by Rajasthan Voluntarily Health Association (RVHA).
While the average age of men consuming tobacco in the region is 17 years that of women has been found to be 14, said Vikram Raghav, project director of RVHA.
Easy accessibility of tobacco products and insensitivity of police to act under sections of Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Products Act, 2003 ((Prohibition of Advertisement and Regulation of Trade and Commerce, Production, Supply and Distribution) are the major factors to have led such a situation, RVHA observed.
Over 72,000 people die every year due to tobacco related diseases in the state and 350 new consumers are coming up daily, he said terming it as "a matter of great concern for the government".
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