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The house-to-house survey also indicated that prevalence of tobacco consumption amongst minors had reduced from 10 to 4 per cent countrywide from 2010 to 2017. However, a significant 12.4 per cent of total tobacco users were in the age bracket of 15-24 years.

“The age of initiation into consuming tobacco is low. It starts from 15-17 years of age due to either popularity or ease of access,” said Sulabha Parasuraman, [...]