THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Tobacco is being used in a wide variety of ways in India, either as smokeless tobacco as chewing pan, pan masala or gutka, and ‘mishri’ (a powdered tobacco rubbed on the gums as toothpaste) or as tobacco smoke such as cigarettes, beedi, cigars etc. Tobacco consumption accounts for half of the all the cancers in men and a quarter of all cancers in women in India, in addition to being a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases.
India also has one of the highest rates of oral cancer in the world, partly attributed to high prevalence of tobacco chewing. Read more
Source : ibnlive.in.com