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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 177-183

Evidence building for policy: Tobacco surveillance/surveys and research in India

Division of Non-communicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
Bela Shah
Head, Division of Noncommunicable Diseases, Indian Council of Medical Research, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi - 110 029
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-557X.89947

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India is at a crucial juncture relating to tobacco control and implementing the recommendations of the WHO FCTC. Tobacco consumption in the country remains alarmingly high in urban as well as rural areas. Smokeless tobacco consumption is very popular among larger masses, including the youth. Cigarette smoking has declined, but bidi use has increased concomitantly. Youth continue to be lured to initiate tobacco consumption through efficient marketing strategies of tobacco companies. The epidemiology of tobacco consumption is markedly varied across the country, with high rates in 15 States. Progress has been made towards tobacco control by the enactment of laws and regulations and the National Tobacco Control Program. Strengthening their implementation and enforcement is the biggest challenge and requires resource inputs. Evidence generation and its translation and utilisation for policy interventions would be useful.

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