A new CGHR publication in BMJ Global Health examines smoking trends in India.
Smoking of cigarettes or bidis (small, locally manufactured smoked tobacco) in India has likely changed over the last decade. The age-standardised prevalence of any smoking in men at ages 15–69 years fell from about 27% in 1998 to 24% in 2010, but rose at ages 15–29 years. Despite modest decreases in smoking prevalence, the absolute numbers of male smokers aged 15–69 years has increased substantially.
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