India’s Smoking Rate Continues to Rise

According to a study published by BMJ Global Health, the number of Indian men smoking cigarettes and other tobacco products has risen to 108 million. Additional analysis shows that smoking contributed to around 1 million deaths in 2010 ­– a number that accounts for 10% of all deaths in India for that year. The research article also notes that Indian smokers find it difficult to give up tobacco products. Currently, there are around 4 active smokers for each individual that quits.

China is the only country with a larger population of smokers than India.