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Tobacco could kill up to 1.5 million-a-year in India by 2020 - report

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Tobacco could kill up to 1.5 million-a-year in India by 2020 - report

<p>A tobacco epidemic in India could be killing up to 1.5 million by the end of the decade, a new report has claimed.</p> <p>The International Tobacco Control Project (<span class="caps">ITCP</span>) said the issue required “urgent attention” and called for India to properly implement anti-tobacco laws.</p> <p>The report said nearly one-in-four of India 1.2-billion population uses tobacco. </p> <p>The most common is the so-called smokeless tobacco, which includes chewing products gutkha, zarda, paan masal and khaini.</p> <p><span class="caps">ITCP</span> added tobacco accounts for nearly half of male cancers in India, and a quarter of female ones.</p> <p>Geoffrey Fong, a professor of psychology at Canada’s University of Waterloo and co-author of the report, said: “Compared with many countries around the world, India has been proactive in introducing tobacco control legislation since 2003.</p> <p>“The legislation currently in place is not delivering the desired results, in terms of dissuading tobacco use and encouraging quitting.”</p> <p>The report said by 2020 tobacco consumption will account for more than 1.5-million Indian deaths a year.</p> <p>Globally the number of deaths caused by tobacco is expected to rise from around six million-a-year now to more than eight million by 2030, according to the World Health Organisation.</p>