License to Kill

That tobacco singularly responsible for a large number of cancer deaths in adults again became strikingly clear. According to an article published recently in the journal The Lancet, in India, tobacco-related cancers were discovered in 2010, will be responsible for some 1,20,000 deaths – 84,000 men and 36,000 women – among adults aged 30 to 69. That tobacco-related cancers is about 30 percent of the total mortality (3, 95 000) of all cancer cases in the same age group indicates the deadly effects of tobacco products. Oral cancer has been found to cause more than twice as many deaths, lung cancer. The reasons are not hard to find.

According to the 2009-2010 global survey of tobacco for adults, 170 million Indians chewed tobacco, and 120 million smokers. While most women in rural areas, chewing tobacco, many men in both urban and rural areas have decided to chew and smoke. Tobacco, which remains in close contact with sensitive mucous membranes of the mouth for a long period is a powerful and deadly carcinogen.

What makes tobacco more dangerous is the fact that in addition to causing a body of some cancers increases the risk of death from other medical reasons. In urban areas, smoking-related deaths more heart attacks, while tuberculosis and respiratory diseases are a major cause in the countryside. When smoking accounts for five percent of deaths among women and 20 percent among men in the 2008 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine estimated one million deaths in 2010 from 30 to 69 age group.

The data obtained elsewhere paints a convincing picture of the same. We know from research that the death rate from lung cancer in 2009 in the U.S. state of Utah was nearly 75 percent smaller than Kentucky. Reason: The prevalence of smoking in Utah was 10 percent compared with 25 percent in Kentucky. Single-minded pursuit of governments around the world should, therefore, is to reduce tobacco consumption by all means France has shown the way three times in taxes between 1990 and 2005 and doubled consumption.

The use of powerful graphic warnings, as in many other countries than are currently used are inefficient, and rotating them every year and every two years, is another way. The maximum benefit can be achieved by applying these measures simultaneously. The Government has shown commitment to the implementation of national immunization programs in the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to prevent cervical cancer, the most common cancer among women in 2010. Unfortunately, it seems, do not have enough gumption to suppress the production of killer tobacco. Will the recent findings stir it into action?



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