Helping people make informed decisions about tobacco.

Data and Statistics

An introduction to globally accepted data sources on tobacco use in India, including resources highlighting the prevalence of tobacco use based on gender and types of tobacco. Links to tobacco control efforts by the Government of India, and the tobacco cessation clinics set up across the country have been provided. PDFs attached against each topic below.

Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Report:

The Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) Report (India) 2009, was conducted to provide national and sub-national estimates of tobacco use, exposure to second-hand smoke, quit attempts among adults and to indirectly measure the impact of tobacco control and prevention initiatives.

GATS Factsheets:



Global Youth Tobacco Survey(GYTS):

The Global Youth Tobacco Survey (GYTS), India, 2006 is a school based survey of 13-15 year olds, conducted to provide data on topics such as the prevalence of tobacco use, accessibility and price, second-hand smoke, cessation, media and advertising, and school curriculums.

GATS Factsheets:



National Tobacco Control Programme (NTCP):

The National Tobacco Control Programme was launched by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India in 2007-08, during the 11th Five Year Plan, to increase awareness about the harmful effects of tobacco, and to facilitate the effective implementation of Tobacco Control Laws in India.


There is substantial evidence that tobacco use has several negative effects on health1 2. For example, the association between tobacco use and health conditions such as cardiovascular complications, diabetes, tuberculosis, cancer etc. are very well established. Relevant literature discussing the harmful effects, co morbidities and high rate of mortality caused due to tobacco exists in abundance. There will be special emphasis on the use of smokeless tobacco and associated adverse health effects.

Tobacco Use and Tuberculosis+
Growing evidence reinforces the strong association between tobacco use (smoking) and the risk of contracting tuberculosis (TB), relapses, poor treatment outcomes and mortality3. Research has found that combined Tobacco-TB treatment services result in better treatment outcomes.

Additional Resources

Organisations working in tobacco cessation:

Massachusetts General Hospital Tobacco Treatment Service

Mayo Clinic Nicotine Dependence Centre

Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation

NCSCT - National Centre for Smoking Cessation and Training

Tobacco treatment forums and networks:

Global Bridges- Healthcare Alliance for Tobacco Dependence Treatment

ATTUD- Association for Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence

World Health Organisation - Tobacco Free Initiative (TFI)