A recent survey conducted by Aviss Foundation revealed a shocking revelation. According to the survey, a whopping 53% of smokers belong to the age group of 20 to 30. The survey also added that the majority of these people smoked to cope up with stress.
According to the survey, every third person in the age of 15-50 years of age was addicted to smoking. “Of all the respondents, which were between the age group of 15 to 50 years, a whopping 33% admitted to smoking addiction,” it said.
Our country also happens to amongst the countries that is reeling under the pressure of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12% of the world’s smokers.
“While government policies in India have always been designed carefully around the targeted awareness programmes, the survey figures indicate that it’s time to sit up and fine-tune our strategies to address the issue more effectively,” said Aviss Foundation head Prerana Garg.