Smoking – Indian Women # 3 in the World!
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Indian women are number 3 in the world when it comes to smoking (Indian men are joint number 5)! They are only behind the US (not surprising) and Bangladeshi (!) women. I guess most of them are from the rural areas, and this could be true about Bangladesh as well where tobacco is a major crop.
I wonder what Anbumani Ramadoss, the honourable health minister of India, self-declared anti-smoking activist who decreed not so long ago that employers (read male smokers) could not smoke in the presence of their maid without her permission, would have to say about this. What plans does he have to stop women from smoking? None as of now and I do not see any in the future as well, simply because most of the women smokers happen to reside in villages and banning smoking in villages could have a direct impact on the votes!