Jammu & Kashmir

32% men, 1% women use tobacco in JK: Survey

A man lights up his cigarette. [FPK File Photo/ Parsa Mahjoob]

‘Over 35 percent of men smoke 5-9 cigarettes a day’

Srinagar: Around 32 percent of men and around one percent of women use any form of Tobacco in Jammu and Kashmir and cigarette is the main tobacco product used in JK, the National Health and Family Survey-5 (NHFS-5) reveals.

Official data has revealed that nearly one-third (32%) of men, but only 1 percent of women, age 15-49 use some form of tobacco.

“Tobacco products mostly used by men are cigarettes (27% ), bidis (4%), hookah, and cigars or pipe (2% each). Among women and men, the use of any form of tobacco is slightly higher in rural areas (1.4% for women and 35% for men) than in urban areas (0.7% for women and 24% for men),” the data adds. “Over one-third (35%) of men who smoke cigarettes smoked 5 to 9 cigarettes in the past 24 hours.”

The data states that around 0.2 percent of women in Urban and 0.5 in rural areas use cigarettes while 21.1 men in urban areas and 28.7 percent in rural areas are using cigarettes.

“0.1 percent women and 4 percent men in JK are smoking bidis besides that 0.1 percent women and 2.2 percent men are smoking cigars or pipe in JK while as 0.7 women and 2.4 percent women are hookah smokers,” it reads.

“Around 27 percent of cigarette smokers use 5 or below cigarettes per day, 34.7 use 5-9 cigarettes, 29.9 percent use 10-14 cigarettes in 24 hours, 6 percent use 15-24 cigarettes, while 0.3 percent use 25 or above cigarettes in 24 hours. (KNO)


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