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Why Quit

Hazards of smoking

Smoking tobacco is a harmful practice, prevalent across the world. Tobacco contains nicotine, a highly addictive substance along with other bioactive compounds and carcinogens (cancer-causing agents)1.

Tobacco use is the leading cause of preventable deaths globally1. Each year, tobacco use kills about 1 million Indians; bidi and cigarette smokers die 6–10 years earlier than their non-smoking counterparts2.


  1. Pharmacol Rev 2005; 57:79–115.
  2. Delhi Psychiatry Journal 2011; 14(1):26–32