ICICI Lombard General Insurance company also conducted a survey on the occassion of "World No Tobacco Day" across 1,000 respondents and found that smokers between the ages of 20 and 35 years smoked 28 per cent more on average than those in the 36 to 50 years age bracket.
The data which is a part of a global survey of 17,000 participants across 13 countries, covered 3,296 people in India.
Sanjay Seth, trustee, Sambandh Health Foundation, said that tobacco use was estimated to cause almost 10 per cent of all cardiovascular diseases.
Beijing and Hebei province will work together on tobacco control promotion and education, standardize tobacco-free environmental construction, enhance the supervisory system and law enforcement and provide more convenient quit-smoking services, Duan said.
As the world marks the World No Tobacco Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said the total number of smokers worldwide has decreased by about 29 million since 2000, and expressed optimism that that it will reach the 2025 target of a 30 per cent reduction. "It is commonly known that smoking increases the risk of heart disease but the fact is that smokeless forms of tobacco are equally harmful". "You may have heard this a million times, smoking is risky to your health, but we still want to remind you every time we have a chance", said Health Secretary Francisco Duque III during a press conference Thursday at the DOH Central office in Manila.
WHO said that the world no tobacco day was commemorated to focus on the impact tobacco had on the cardiovascular health of people globally.
Vietnam is among the 15 countries with the world's highest smoking prevalence among male adults when one in every two male adults is a smoker. The advertising of tobacco products at the Olympic Games has also been outlawed since 1988.
In order to reduce premature deaths caused by tobacco, Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), says governments must urgently implement the measures outlined in the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO FCTC). "Let us choose health, not tobacco", she added.
Tobacco is the only legal drug that kills many of its users when used exactly as intended by manufacturers.
According to the Public Health France, this decline is the most significant one seen in the past decade.
It comes amidst concern about the growing number of deaths linked to tobacco use around the world. Women and children are most vulnerable and at risk from the health effects of second-hand smoke.
Country response: Over half of all WHO Member States have reduced demand for tobacco, and nearly one in four are likely to meet the 30% reduction target by 2025.