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69 percent of Indians believe that warning images on tobacco packs don't work

63 percent of smokers believe that government should come up with strict rules to tackle smoking addiction in country

India TV Lifestyle Desk India TV Lifestyle Desk New Delhi Updated on: June 01, 2017 10:53 IST
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Warning images on tobacco packs don’t work, 69 percent of Indian believe

There are about 59 percent of Indians who believe that banning the sale of loose cigarettes will discontinue smoking but 69 percent of them think that warning images on the tobacco packs play a little role in controlling tobacco addiction. It was concluded after a survey. 55 percent of the Indians believe that the users of tobacco products shouldn’t have the freedom to have what they want, while the 33 percent of people think that it is still their right to choose. The remaining 12 percent of them couldn’t think about a viable solution to the problem. 

Total 8179 users participated in the ‘Pulse of the Nation Poll’ which was conducted by Inshorts, a news app, in association with global research firm, Ipsos. When it comes to controlling the smoking habits in the country, even the 63 percent of smokers think that its time government should come up with strict rules and awareness programs to tackle the problem. Around 41 per cent of those surveyed were of the opinion that stress relief is the major motivation for smoking while 28 per cent felt that the inspiration behind smoking is "to look cool".

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"The Pulse of the Nation poll, held on the occasion of ‘World No Tobacco Day’, to spread awareness upon tobacco consumption, reflects certain interesting facts.

According to a survey conducted by NFHS, tobacco, in India, is consumed highly in six North-eastern states which are Mizoram, Meghalaya, Manipur, Nagaland, Tripura and Assam. According to the survey done by the National Family Health Survey 2015-16 (NFHS-4), here, 70 % of people consume tobacco in some way or the other. This rate is 26 per cent point higher than the national average.

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