Trends in bidi and cigarette smoking in India from 1998 to 2015, by age, gender and education

A new CGHR publication in BMJ examines the changing trends in tobacco consumption in India over the last 17 years.

 

“Despite modest decreases in smoking prevalence, the absolute numbers of male smokers aged 15–69 years has increased substantially over the last 15 years. Cigarettes are displacing bidi smoking, most notably among young adult men and illiterate men. Tobacco control policies need to adapt to these changes, most notably with higher taxation on tobacco products, so as to raise the currently low levels of adult smoking cessation.”

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