Kolkata recorded the highest consumption of cigarettes in India. This was revealed by the ICICI Lombard Tobacco Consumption Habits 2014 survey released on 12 June 2014.
The survey was conducted for the persons in 21-40 year age group in five regions (Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmadabad, Lucknow and Hyderabad) in association with GfK Mode.
• In Kolkata, a person on an average smokes 9-10 cigarettes per day as against the national average of 6-7 cigarettes per day.
• The daily consumption number in Mumbai is 4-6, Hyderabad 5-6, in Ahmadabad 6-7 and in Lucknow it is 7-8 cigarettes a day.
• A person on an average spends 472 rupees a week on cigarettes in Hyderabad, 404 rupees in Lucknow, 387 rupees in Ahmadabad, 348 rupees in Kolkata and 320 rupees in Mumbai. The overall weekly spending on cigarette was 383 rupees.
• In past two-three years the percentage increase in cigarette consumption in Kolkata was the highest at 24 percent.
• Kolkata was followed by Ahmadabad where the consumption of cigarettes increased by 20 percent in past two-three years whereas Lucknow saw an increase of 19 percent and Mumbai saw an increase of 13 percent.
• About 93 percent of the respondents were aware of ill-effects of smoking and consuming tobacco caused lung, mouth or throat cancer.
• However, 94 percent of respondents have never tried to quit smoking and 64 percent do not have a health insurance policy.
When: 12 June 2014