Smoking causes tb deaths
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Smoking causes half of TB deaths in Indian men: Study
London, August 15
A new study led by the Epidemiological Research Centre in Chennai has found that cigarette smoking causes 50 per cent of the male tuberculosis (TB) deaths in India.
The research, primarily funded by the UK Medical Research Council and Cancer Research UK, also found that three quarters of the smokers who become ill with the disease would not been affected had they not smoked.
Dr Vendhan Gajalakshmi of the Epidemiological Research Centre in Chennai, who led the research said, "Smoking causes half the male tuberculosis deaths in India. Almost 200,000 people die from tuberculosis every year in India because of smoking.
The researchers revealed that in India male smokers are about four times as likely to become ill with TB as non-smokers, and consequently four times as likely to die from the disease.
The study, published in the Lancet, also showed that the smokers had higher death rates from heart disease and from various types of cancer.
In total, about a quarter of the smokers studied died at ages 25-69 by their habit.
This is the first major study on how smoking causes death in India.