Shillong, May 30: Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district has the highest relative proportion of cancer associated with use of tobacco in the country with 70.4 percent and 46.5 percent of males and females respectively.
Also in Meghalaya 53.7 percent of men, 9.5 percent of women and 31.6 percent of all adults currently smoke tobacco and 11.6 percent of men, 29.1 percent of women and 20.3 percent of all adults currently consume smokeless tobacco.
According to the National Health Mission, Meghalaya 59.8 percent of men, 34.2 percent of women and 47.0 percent of all adults either smoke tobacco and/ or use smokeless tobacco.
“The data signifies a very alarming sign of the prevalence of tobacco consumption and the menace through it if the users are not concern enough to take a firm decision to just stop using tobacco,” the National Health Mission stated on the eve of World No Tobacco Day.
WHO has recently launched a year-long global campaign for World No Tobacco Day 2021with the Theme â€œCommit to Quitâ€. This campaign aims to support people in their attempts to give up tobacco through various initiatives and digital solutions.