If you were asked to describe the relationship between “tobacco smoking” and “cancer,” you might immediately think of lung cancer. It’s true that smoking tobacco products (including cigarettes and cigars) causes almost nine of every 10 cases of lung cancer, but smoking can cause cancer almost anywhere in your body, including in the—

  • Bladder.
  • Blood (acute myeloid leukemia).
  • Cervix.
  • Colon and rectum.
  • Esophagus.
  • Kidney and renal pelvis.
  • Liver.
  • Lungs, bronchi, and trachea.
  • Mouth and throat.
  • Pancreas.
  • Stomach.
  • Voice box (larynx)
Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds yet India is the second leading consumer 1

Tobacco Burden : India

Of the more than 6 million tobacco-related deaths every year across the world, one-sixth occur in India alone. Experts see the total tobacco-related deaths rising to 8 million by 2030.

According to a report by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), tobacco accounts for about 30 percent of all cancers in men and women in India. Mouth cancer is most common among men followed by lung cancer. Tobacco-related cancer accounts for 42 percent of all male deaths due to cancer and 18.3 percent of all female deaths.

While tobacco use is decreasing in many developed countries it is increasing in developing countries such as India. As per the latest nationally representative Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS), India had 275 million current tobacco users in the year 2009-2010 (over 35 per cent of adults): majority of them used smokeless tobacco (164 million) and 42 million used both forms of tobacco1. An estimated one million people die every year due to tobacco related diseases in India

India : Overview

Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds yet India is the second leading consumer 2

Tobacco Use among Women

Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds yet India is the second leading consumer 3

Tobacco Use among Men

Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds yet India is the second leading consumer 4

Tobacco Industry in India

Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds yet India is the second leading consumer 5


Key Points

  • Tobacco use causes cancer throughout the body.
  • Tobacco causes 1 death every 6 seconds yet India is the second leading consumer.
  • Tobacco-related cancer accounts for 42 percent of all male deaths due to cancer and 18.3 percent of all female deaths.
  • People who quit smoking, regardless of their age, have substantial gains in life expectancy compared with those who continue to smoke
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