(English) One in every two smokers!

Portrait_women_smoking__Simikot__2007_Grid7KATHMANDU, Nepal–Uses of tobacco and unhealthy dietary habit have heightened over the years among Nepalis, thanks to the harmful life style that has led to the various kind of diseases: blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes among people. One in every two men aged between 15 and 69 has been found consuming tobacco in smoke, a survey carried out by the Nepal Health Research Council (NHRC) revealed.

The survey that was conducted with the support of the Ministry of Health and Population and the World Health Organization (WHO) further disclosed that tobacco use, alcohol consumption, high blood pressure have been found to be more common among men than women in Nepal.

Nearly one quarter of the population between 15 and 69 was found to have raised blood pressure and nine out of 10 adults who have high blood pressure were found ignoring the disease. Similarly, more than one fifth of the adult population was found to be cholesterol patients.

According to the survey, among the 42 percent of deaths in Nepal, 35 per cent are induced by four particular Non Curable Disease (NCDS) i.e. cardiovascular diseases, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes mellitus.

The survey has it that only 0.4 per cent of the study population was found to be totally free from NCD risk factors, with 99.6 per cent of the population having at least one risk factor.

The researchers suggested that giving up alcohol and tobacco use, adopting proper lifestyle, regular physical exercises and a proper diet containing enough fruits and vegetables could prevent people from disease.

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