New Delhi: The cigarette, also known as the silent killer, has taken 100 million lives in the past century says a study. Over 45 trillion beedis and cigarettes were manufactured over the past 100 years, from 1910 to 2010.

The study has found that as many as 100 million adult Indians have succumbed to premature deaths due to smoking. It also stated that more than 5.5 trillion beedis and 52.7 billion cigarettes were manufactured between 1910 and 1960.

Researchers have warned that the death toll caused due to smoking may rise in the coming future as the number of smokers has increased four-fold. Smoking is estimated to cause 78.8 million deaths till 2050 and if the trend continues, smoking may take 200 million lives by the end of the century.


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