Two out of four adults in Manipur consume tobacco: Mnp NTCP

Two out of four adults in Manipur consume tobacco: Mnp NTCP
Students rally on World No Tobacco Day in Imphal. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 31: | Publish Date: 6/1/2019 12:00:00 AM IST

Despite ban by the government and aggressive campaign by many a civil society organisations,  including militants groups, consumption of tobacco is on the rise in Manipur.

Concerns over rising number of tobacco consumers among adults marked the observation of “World No Tobacco Day” in Manipur.

State nodal officer of National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP) Somorjit Ningombam revealed about 55% of adult in Manipur used tobacco, which is against 25% of all India level.Manipur ranked 3rd in the consumption of tobacco and its product in India, he added.

For every four adults in India, one sconsumes tobacco whereas in Manipur for every four adults, two used tobacco, he said, adding that the average rate of adult using tobacco in respect of Manipur was very high.

Tobacco is one of the common risk factors of major life-threatening diseases like cancer, cardiovascular diseases (CVD) which kills 6 million people every year while 0.6 million face premature death due to passive smoking, he said.

Tobacco kills 8 to 9 lakhs people every year in India. 2,500 people die every day of tobacco related diseases in the country where 89% of smokers become addicted to tobacco by the age of 18 years, he said.

He maintained that smokers have 20-25 times more risk of developing lung cancer; 2-3 times risk of having heart attack; three times risk of sudden death and, 30-60 more sick days.

Citing Global Adult Tobacco Survey, the nodal officer said that 275 million adults in India (15 years and above) which is nearly 35% of the population consume tobacco while 206 million used smokeless tobacco; Khaini, gutkha by 25.9% adults. Smoking in the form of Bidi is 9.2% and cigarette is 5.7%, he conveyed.

The initiation of tobacco use begins from 17- 18 years while exposure to second hand smoke remains high with 52.3% at home and 29% at public place.

He highlighted that  cancer caused by tobacco consumption are found in mouth, throat, lungs, larynx, foodpipe, urinary bladder, kidney, pancreas and cervix.

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