TambakooKills News Bulletin: 14 May 2008: Issue 378

TambakooKills News Bulletin
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
Issue: 378
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100 million smoke beedi in India, says report
Sify News, 14 May 2008

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An estimated 100 million people - mostly the poor and illiterate - smoke beedi in India and 200,000 tuberculosis deaths are due to these hand-rolled cigarettes, a health ministry report released on Monday said.

There are more beedi smokers than users of any other kind of tobacco products. Beedi is the most widely used form of tobacco. There are 240 million tobacco users of which 100 million smoke beedi.

The report was prepared with the support of the World Health Organisation, Centre for Disease control and Prevention in Atlanta and the US Department of Health and Human Sciences.

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Beedi contains less tobacco than cigarettes but delivers far more nicotine and toxic substances
Reuters, 14 May 2008

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Bidis contains much less tobacco than cigarettes, but it delivers far more nicotine and toxic substances, a study done by the Union Health and Welfare ministry said. Bidis are small hand-rolled leaf wrapped tobacco products and bidi smoking is common in South-Asia.

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200,000 TB deaths are due to beedi smoking
Indo-Asian News Service (IANS), 14 May 2008

EXCERPTS:
An estimated 100 million people - mostly the poor and illiterate - smoke Beedi in India and 200,000 tuberculosis deaths are due to these hand-rolled cigarettes, a health ministry report released here Monday said.

The report, for the year 2004-05 and termed as the first analytical, scientific and systematic study on the trend, said Beedi smoking was more harmful than cigarette smoking.

"In India, Beedi smoking contributes substantially to death from tuberculosis," said Health Secretary Naresh Dayal.

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Beedi killing 6 lakhs (600,000) every year in India
The Times of India, 13 May 2008

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Bidi --- the poor man's smoke --- is killing 600,000 people annually in India. With nearly 85% of the world's bidi tobacco grown in India and with 70% of tobacco smoked in the country being in the form of bidis, more Indians have now been found to be dying of bidi smoking than from all other forms of tobacco combined.

According to the country's first bidi monograph, for every cigarette, eight bidis are sold in India. And what's worse, nearly 2.3% children, aged 13-15 years, have taken to it.

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Indian tobacco market will grow 12% by 2011 - industry report
News Wire, 13 May 2008

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Consumer expenditure on food, beverages and tobacco (FBT) in India is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12% during 2007-2011, forecasts "Indian Food Beverages and Tobacco Market Forecast till 2011", a research report by RNCOS - an industry research firm.

The report identifies that food expenditure in India will grow at the rate second fastest after China during the forecasted period. The fast growth in the consumer spending is led by advertisement spending, campaigns to market products and brands, free sample distributions, launch of innovative and new brands, and strengthening of the product distribution networks. All these factors have brought a wave of change in the consumption habits of people in the last six years.

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