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Three quarters of global burden from smokeless tobacco occurs in India, study shows

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4700
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Three quarters of global deaths and lost disability adjusted life years (DALYs) due to smokeless tobacco occur in India, says a recent study published in BMC Medicine that analysed data from 113 countries.1

The study estimated that smokeless tobacco caused an estimated 266 592 deaths worldwide in 2010. Of these, 204 309 were due to ischaemic heart disease, and 62 283 were due to cancers of the mouth, oesophagus, and pharynx. Using smokeless tobacco was also associated with the loss of 6 436 920 DALYs worldwide in 2010.

India accounted for 74.3% …

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