Women in Indore slums are consuming tobacco to tackle workload and suppress hunger, a study conducted by Madhya Pradesh Voluntary Health Association (MPVHA) has found.
In a recently conducted survey focussing on the pattern of tobacco consumption among poor women in the city, the association has found that around 35% women in urban slums of Indore consume tobacco in varied forms, with 25.14% consuming tobacco to suppress hunger and increase productivity at workplace.
With a sample size of 1,000, the MPVHA survey was conducted after speaking to women in 40 slums of the city.
Executive director of MPVHA, Mukesh Sinha, said: “The survey revealed that a many respondents consume tobacco to tackle workload by delaying their lunch hour. While 33.53% consumed tobacco in their free time as they considered it to be recreational.”
During the survey, 29.48% of respondents said they consumed tobacco at home, 28.03% were first timers, while 21.68% consumed it outside their homes, he said.
The survey also found that 40.75% of the women consumed pure tobacco while 25.72% consumed it in the form of gutkha or paan masala.
At least 52% of the respondents said they consumed tobacco even during pregnancy.
Madhya Pradesh has been listed as one of the top 10 tobacco consuming countries by the Indian Medical Association and World Health Organisation
A report prepared by the National Health and Family Survey, however, has registered a drop in the number of tobacco users in the state. The NHFS-2016 report states that only 16% of women consume tobacco in MP.