India Matter's Polls on Tobacco


We conducted two polls for three weeks, which were based on your views about tobacco use in India and its ill-effects. Here the results -

Among the substances that are widely available, which one do you think is the most addictive?

The options were Alcohol, Tobacco, Tea, Cocaine and Coffee. Out of 203 votes we received during this time, 54% agreed that tobacco is more harmful than other substances, followed by alcohol which received 18% of the votes. In fact nicotine is not only as addictive as alcohol, tea and coffee, but even more addictive then psychoactive drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Polls on tobacco
The next poll was on the smoking ban imposed at public places in October, 2008.

Do you feel that people abide by the law that bans smoking in public places?

Out of the 197 people who voted, 57% people feel that the authorities need to get more strict when it comes to implementing the law, while 18% have seen people smoking in public places.
Poll results


anoopa joshi said... @ February 17, 2009 at 5:31 PM

I have noticed that tobacco is widely used in rural india, and this type of awareness campaign should be in root of India ,it means in rural india ,in their local language.

preeti said... @ February 17, 2009 at 5:33 PM

i am staying near a big &busy shopping mall of mumbai.almost daily, i used to go to this mall for my grossery&household shopping. mumbai is known as a well devloped & cultured city. but every time i saw so many people were smoke in public area. infact these people are very much aware about smoke ban in public area.i think gov't must impose much higher penelty on them those people are not following this rule.

Bibhuti said... @ February 17, 2009 at 5:34 PM

After the law being enacted to curb smoking in public places, the rate has been reduced to a great extent. But it's still there in public transport means. It is hard to bear someone smoking inside a train or bus (windows closed). T authority needs to be more strict in this regard; just taking fine may not solve the problem. What does it matters to a smoker to pay a fine of Rs 100 when he spares Rs.20/- per cigarette. There should be other strict legal actions beyond fine.

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