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Facts on Tobacco use


  • There are 1.1 billion people in the world, and up to 1/3 of the adult population, who use tobacco.
  • If the current trend continues, number of tobacco users is expected to increase to 1.6 billion by 2025.
  • Rates of smoking have declined in developed countries, but continue to rise in developing nations.
  • WHO estimates that tobacco causes 5.4 million deaths per year.
  • China, which is home to 300 million smokers who consume approximately 1.7 trillion cigarettes a year, or 3 million cigarettes a minute, is the world’s largest tobacco market.
  • Approximately 10 million cigarettes are purchased a minute globally, 15 billon are sold each day, and upward of 5 trillion are produced and used annually.
  • Toxic chemicals in cigarette filters from tobacco to smoke go to our environment as waste every year.
  • Radioactive lead and polonium are both found in low levels in cigarette smoke.
  • More than 50 cancer causing chemical compounds are obtained from second hand smoke of which 11 are known to be group 1 carcinogens.
  • One in five teens aged 13 to 15 smoke cigarettes worldwide.
  • Tobacco use claims a human life in every eight seconds somewhere in the world—approximately 5 million deaths annually.

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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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