The prevalence of tobacco use was the highest in Northeastern states, according to a recently released factsheet from the 2016-17 Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS 2) report.
Tripura tops the list, with 64.5% of the people either smoking or using smokeless tobacco. This is an increase of 8.6 percentage points over the state’s prevalence of 55.9% in 2009-10. The prevalence went up in Manipur by one percentage point. It shot up in Assam by 8.9 percent.
In other states of the country as in Uttar Pradesh it went up by 1.6 percent from 39.3% to 48.2%., in Tamil Nadu by 3.8 percent, and in Goa by 0.9 percent. Overall, the number of tobacco users has gone down in India by six percentage points during the six years, from 34.6% to 28.6%.
Tripura also has the highest prevalence of smokeless tobacco users, with 48.5% of people using it. With 34.4%, Mizoram had the highest number of smokers. A total of 58.7% of the people from the state use some form of tobacco.