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Connecting the dots: Tobacco use, diabetes, and tuberculosis

May 29, 2014 8:27:48 PM - asiantribune.com
By Shobha Shukla, Citizen News Service (CNS)

Tobacco related illness kills nearly 6 million people each year, accounting for 1 in 10 of all deaths globally. More than 5.4 million of these deaths are the result of direct tobacco use while more than 600,000 are due to non-smokers being exposed to second-hand smoke. In fact tobacco is a risk factor for 6 of the 8 leading causes of death worldwide. And even as an estimated 1 million Indians die every year from tobacco related diseases, there are around 275 million people in India consuming this poison.

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