South Asian countries house maximum number of tobacco smokers, says study

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By: Express News Service | Pune |
Published: May 15, 2018 5:34:13 am


The highest health burden from substance use is attributable to tobacco smoking, followed by alcohol consumption and illicit drugs, the study found. (Representation Image)

A recently published study aiming to landscape the global consumption of tobacco, alcohol and illicit drug, in the Journal of Addiction, has reported that alcohol and tobacco consumption has cost humans more than a quarter of a billion disability-adjusted life-years.

Compared with the rest of the world, South Asian countries including China, India and Indonesia have very high number of smokers that together account for 45.7 per cent of smokers globally. The highest health burden from substance use is attributable to tobacco smoking, followed by alcohol consumption and illicit drugs.

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