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Fewer Indians use tobacco but India still world's no. 2 consumer, producer

Tobacco is responsible for nearly 50% cancers in India and 90% of mouth cancers

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Ojaswi Rao | IndiaSpend 



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Fewer Indians used in 2015-16 than a decade ago, but only China consumes and produces more tobacco, keeping cancer rates high, according to the latest national health data.

consumption in India is the highest in the six north-eastern states of Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Assam: On average, 70.7% men here use in some form or the other, according to data from the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4). This figure is 26 percentage points higher than the national average.

Mizoram tops the north-east list, with 80.4% men and 59.2% women between 15 and 49 years of age consuming tobacco. When ranked for men using tobacco, it is followed by Meghalaya (72.2%), Manipur (70.6%), Nagaland (69.4%), Tripura (67.8%) and Assam (63.9%).

At 37.7%, the female average for tobacco users in Manipur, Tripura, Meghalaya and Nagaland was way above the national average of 6.8%.

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First Published: Wed, May 31 2017. 09:13 IST

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