According to GATS (Global Adult Tobacco Survey, India, 2009-10) India is 274.9 million, with 163.7 million users of only smokeless tobacco, 68.9 million only smokers, and 42.3 million users of both smoking and smokeless tobacco. Ironically 5500 people mainly children are picking up this habit of tobacco daily. (Government of India, 2010a). Currently around 2500 people are dying every day in India due to tobacco and its consequences. Every year nearly 8–9 lakh people die due to diseases related to tobacco use in India.
Punjab has 22 districts with approximately 27.74 million people living here. Considering the population of 2.75 Crores, 33 lakh population in Punjab uses tobacco in some form or the other. About 48 persons of Punjab die every day due to tobacco use (Government of India, 2010a; Government of India, 2010b).