Every third person in the age group of 15-50 years is addicted to smoking, a new study conducted has revealed. A total of 1,400 people were interviewed during the study called 'Understanding Smoking Attitudes in Youth (USAT)'. Of these, 33%, or nearly 460 people, admitted to the addiction. Out of these smokers, about 53%, or 245 people, were in the age group of 20-30 years.
The survey revealed that youths took to smoking to beat the stress.
"According to the survey figures, More than half the smokers seem to be aware of the ill-effects and have tried to quit the habit, but failed to do so. Nearly 56% of those addicted said smoking is a stress-buster for them. "56% thought smoking helped them give relief from stress, while 55% admitted that they were aware of its ill-effects and were anxious about their health, but continue to smoke anyway. 52% of them had already tried to quit smoking but failed, underlying the strong addictive nature of smoking, leading to difficulties in giving up," stated the study.
India is one of those countries reeling under a huge burden of high mortality and morbidity linked with tobacco addiction. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India is home to 12 percent of the world's smokers.
"While government policies in India have always been designed carefully around the targeted awareness programs, 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.