Tobacco consumption is one of the major causes of death and illness worldwide. Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Study states that it is one of the leading causes for 30 per cent of all cancers in India.
A recent Abnormality Report put together by Indus Health Plus, pioneer in preventive health check-up from January 2015 to April 2016, revealed that 20 to 25 per cent of population in Mumbai are under the risk of oral cancer due to the consumption of tobacco. The sample size for the study was 35,662 people.
- One in three adults in Mumbai consumes tobacco on a regular basis
- One in ten is likely to die of premature death if the current pattern continues
- More than 30 per cent of the population consumes tobacco in the form of cigarettes or gutka
- Population in the age group of 35 to 45 years is at a higher risk of suffering from heart diseases by 25 to 30 per cent and lung cancer by 12 to 18 per cent
- Not just chewing gutka and smoking, but passive smoking is also increasing in Mumbai