Smoking Here Is an Offense

TWALKITOUT: Tobacco cherishes to be in position of a king that has an army of consumer well motivated above all material grounds to stand –up above all respects for it. It’s like a thrown that Cigarette sits upon and the warriors of all custom, class, color and occupation stand unified for it with their sticks lit up and blowing clouds in every puff.

Trusting the data released by the government we are 4.19% up from the previous year. Domestic consumption of cigarettes in 2011-12 increased by 4.19 per cent to 1,16,166 million sticks over the previous year, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Jyotiraditya Scindia has said.

The numbers may seem shocking to limited, which makes it necessary to point out that India accounts for more of smokeless tobacco users — 206 million, says a study published on August 17 2012 in The Lancet. Global Adult Tobacco Survey held in 2012 reveals that an average smoking person spends around 1/3rd of his earnings on tobacco products.

However, no industrial license has been granted for manufacturing cigarettes since 1999 on health grounds, limited manufacturers are heading the burden of profits, taxes and sales. Super stars shown smoking on the screens may be one of the motivators to people, but the modern India is aware and educated enough to figure out what is good or bad for them on such a personal ground.

To your surprise, we are well behind in the global list for number of cigarettes per adult per year. And that’s because of our vast population and good amount of non-smokers as 206 million reside on smokeless tobacco. For a reference, here’s a list of top 5 smoking countries.

Ranking Country Number of cigarettes per adult per year
1  Greece 3,017
2  Slovenia 2,537
3 Ukraine 2,526
4 Bulgaria  2,437
5 Czech Republic  2,368

(Statutory Warning: Cigarette Smoking is Injurious to Health.)

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Anuj Sharma

I am based out of Shimla. Writing is my passion, and a part of my livelihood. I started writing here almost 3+ years ago and couldn't stop ever!! Apart from Twalkitout, I run an E-Commerce consulting Company named Omex E-commerce Pvt. Ltd. out of Shimla.

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