Lalitpur, Aug. 4: Around 15,000 people die of tobacco consumption in Nepal every year, a report says.The study carried out by the Centre for Community Health Promotion has shown that majority of the people who fall victim to tobacco consumption are poor and the helpless.
Of the total population, as many as 8,496,000 people consume tobacco as a daily habit in Nepal, said Laxmi Raman Won, Chair of the Centre. People who consume tobacco including smoking are found suffering from cancer, heart disease, heart attack, and brain related disease.
A person dies of tobacco use in every second in the world while two people die in every two hours in Nepal, the study report reads.
Of the total world population of around 725 million people, around one billion people reportedly consume tobacco and related products. And of them 80 per cent are men while other 20 per cent are women. Among the people those who consume tobacco, 40 per cent are from China and India.
The government has banned the use of tobacco and tobacco products in public places, government offices, public vehicles, and hospitals, among other places in Nepal. Selling tobacco products in 100 metres’ distance from such places has also been prohibited by Nepali law.