Smoke or chewing tobacco has caused a sharp rise in deaths worldwide and is killing 3.5 million people every year. Leading countries are India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Twenty-five percent of the world’s tobacco consumption is consumed annually in three South Asian countries, with India accounting for 70 percent, Pakistan for 7 percent and Bangladesh for 5 percent.
A recent report states that the death toll from tobacco has tripled globally in the last seven years. Interestingly, experts at York University conducted the study in the context of the Corona epidemic, which examined people’s spitting habits.
In the Indian subcontinent, there is a common tendency to smoke and spit in places, which could be more dangerous in the current Corona epidemic. This is because if a corona patient chews tobacco and continues to spit, the risk of spreading the disease is doubled.
Dr. Kamran Siddiqui, an expert at York University, has called for a ban on spitting in public places. Tobacco use increases saliva in the mouth which requires frequent spitting and thus increases the spread of the corona virus.
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