14 Interesting Smoking Facts

1) In India, over one million annual deaths are the result of smoking-related illnesses.

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2) Kerala became the first Indian state to ban smoking in public places, back in 1999.

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3) Approximately in Indian currency, a staggering ₹90,349,000,000,000 — ninety trillion, three hundred forty-nine billion rupees — goes up in smoke every year.

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4) Chandigarh earned the distinction of being India’s first ‘smoke-free’ city in 2009.

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5) 81-year-old Bagicha Singh has walked over 5,70,000 kms to spread awareness against tobacco.

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6) CODE started by Vishal Kanet and Naman Gupta pays Rs 700 for every kilogram of cigarette waste, and Rs 80 for every 100 grams. Customers include people who smoke as well as those who sell cigarettes.These organic waste components are then composted to produce manure.

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7) Amitabh Bachchan declared on Twitter how he kicked the butt over three decades ago.

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8) A 12-year-old young girl named Kashish has been made the ambassador of Hanumangarh health department’s anti-tobacco campaign in Northern Rajasthan. According to the driving forces behind the campaign, the decision was made after they found an emotional letter that Kashish had written to her father, Ashok Kumar, asking him to quit smoking.

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9) India has approximately 12 crore tobacco users, according to the Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) 2009-2010. Which means every ninth Indian consumes tobacco.

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10) In India studies show emotional problems are exaggerated by smoking.

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11) Sustained efforts on part of the members of Pongalipaka, a tiny village in Andhra Pradesh with a population of 1,632 people, have paid off as the place has been declared tobacco-free, according to India Today online. In Hyderabad, the Apollo Cancer Hospital has launched a month-long anti-tobacco campaign to make Andhra Pradesh a tobacco-free state.

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12) One-third of those killed are children who are often exposed to smoke at home, according to the WHO. The epidemic of tobacco use among women in low- and middle-income countries is increasing.

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13) Cigarettes contain over 4,000 toxic chemicals, 50 of which are known to cause cancer, and nicotine is one of them. WHO estimates passive smoking causes 600,000 deaths every year.

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14) About 35 percent of Indians over the age of 15 use tobacco. Over 10 lakh Indians die every year from tobacco-related diseases, according to the WHO 2012 Global Report on Mortality.

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On World No Tobacco Day, World Health Organisation (WHO) has urged countries to take a firm step against tobacco consumption and smoking not only to improve healthcare but also to alleviate poverty and prevent environmental degradation.