As per a recent study backed by World Health Organisation (WHO), it has been revealed that Andhra Pradesh has the highest number of smokers in South India.
While 19% of men constitute the smokers,¬†2% of women and 10.7% (99.5 million) of all adults currently smoke tobacco, according to the¬†Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) conducted by¬†conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) along with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Coming to Andhra Pradesh, 14.2% of the people smoke as compared to the national average of 10.7%. It has also been revealed that 7.1% in Andhra use smokeless tobacco which was way lesser than the national average of 21.4%.
Andhra Pradesh stood out as the South Indian state with the highest number of smokers as compared to the 8.3%, 8.8%, 9.3%, and 10.5% of Telangana, Karnataka, Kerela and Tamil Nadu respectively. It is also to be noticed that except AP, all the other Southern states recorded numbers lesser than the national average.
Mizoram recorded, with 34.4% smokers, the highest percentage of smokers in the country.
While 92.4% of adults considered that smoking causes severe illnesses, 95.6% of adults believed the same for smokeless tobacco.
The study revealed that on an average, the monthly expenditure of a smoker on cigarettes was Rs 1192.5.
The GATS stated that the awareness campaigns used to ask people to quit using tobacco, worked well.