New Delhi, May 29: The government's anti-tobacco campaign over the last decade has failed to have desired impact. While smoking and tobacco chewing remains high among men, latest data shows significant increase in use of these harmful products among Indian women.
In 2005-06, 11% women used tobacco in some form. But according to data collated in Global Adults Tobacco Survey for 2009, the latest available figure, tobacco consumption has gone up to 20% which doctors term an alarming increase. Dr Sonali Jhanjee, who heads the Tobacco Cessation Clinic at National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre run by AIIMS, said incidence of tobacco-related deaths and co-morbidities in women has gone up, too.