Author(s): M. Sunil Kumar, Preeti Soni
The impacts caused by tobacco extend beyond the well-reported links with cancer, heart disease and respiratory illnesses. It also can cause family breakdown, low self esteem, poor social relationship, impotence, ulcers and fertility problems and it does not harm only smokers. Passive smoking causes lung cancer and is linked to death, glue ear and asthma in children. The review of literature showed that most of the researches talk about the consumption of tobacco and its influence on cancer and other related diseases. However there are few studies (Kandel, 2002; Gupta, 2004; Singh, 2004; Kumar, 2008) which cover social and psychosocial factors of tobacco consumption and its effects on people. These studies revealed that tobacco not only harms the individual but also the family, community and the whole society. In this paper attempt has been made to review tobacco consumption among children in India as well as other western countries to understand the present scenario.