Karnataka tops list of states consuming the most beedi and cigarettes
Daijiworld Media Network – Bangalore (MS)
Bangalore, October 7: A report says Karnataka tops the list of states consuming the most beedi and cigarettes.
A tobacco control study was undertaken in six states of Karnataka, Assam, Gujarat, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. In Karnataka, the percentage of tobacco consumption is around 63.68%. The report indicates that the implementation of tobacco control is not effective in these states.
This study was undertaken by AF Development Care (AFDC) which conducts research on health, gender and work issues on the Asian continent. The report also says that the possibility for city dwellers to smoke cigarettes is higher than that of those living in rural areas of the country.
According to the study, 58% of city dwellers smoke cigarettes while 43% of rural people use tobacco. The percentage of smokers over 18 years old is highest in Karnataka with 63.68%. In Odisha the percentage for the same age group is 62.5% while in Assam, Jammu and Kashmir and Gujarat the percentage is 48.37, 45.95 and 33.18 respectively.
Among tobacco users, bedi smokers are highest in Karnataka with a percentile of 36.32. In the consumption of SLT (Smoke Less Tobacco), Gujarat leads with 69.16%. Uttar Pradesh is in last place with 24.2%.
The percentage of indoor smokers in Karnataka is around 53.64%. The surprising fact is that the WHO brought in the WHO-FCTC to control tobacco three years ago. But so far there is no concrete report on its progress.
Sachi Satapathy, AFDC chief investigator, said: “The study will be sent to the CMs of the respective states in order to be more stringent in the implementation of anti-smoking laws. Teens can buy tobacco products at any store. This is the reason why the percentage of smokers is increasing. “