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Smoking rates fall among Indian men and rise among women, finds study

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g406 (Published 21 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g406
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Although the prevalence of cigarette smoking in India has dropped by over 5% in the past three decades, the number of smokers has increased from about 74.5 million in 1980 to 110.2 million in 2012, said a study published in JAMA.1

The survey said that the prevalence of cigarette smoking among Indian men had fallen from 33.8% in 1980 (95% uncertainty interval 29.2% to 38.6%) to 23.0% in 2012 (20.5% to 25.9%). But among women the prevalence had risen from 3.0% (2.2% to 4.0%) …

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