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 TOBACCO AND HEALTH
Year : 2010  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 3-8

Tobacco and health in India


1 Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Dr M.H Marigowda Road, Bangalore 560 029, India
2 Associate Professor and Assistant Surgeon, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Tata Memorial Hospital, Dr Ernest Borges Road, Parel, Mumbai- 400 012, India

Correspondence Address:
V Rao
Department of Head and Neck Surgery, Kidwai Memorial Institute of Oncology, Dr M.H Marigowda Road, Bangalore 560 029
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.64373

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Tobacco is a well-acknowledged social and health evil. The history of tobacco use traces back to the dawn of human civilization and has been deeply entrenched into the human society since time immemorial. The social, economic, and health impact of tobacco has been a subject of intense debate over the recent decades. For India, this problem has been a unique one, with the consumption patterns either largely influenced by the socioeconomic backgrounds or dictated by the cultural diversity. With more than 200 million tobacco consumers in the country at present, it becomes imperative to address this health hazard and stir up strong measures toward damage control. This article addresses the tobacco problem, its evolution, and the factors that have affected the growth of Indian tobacco industry. It also highlights the current legislative measures against tobacco, fiscal gains to the government, and the serious health and economic impact to the consumer, compounded by the increasing cost of private health care in the present era of consumerism.






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