The percentage of tobacco use in all the eight north-eastern states is much higher than the national average for both males and females [1 2]. This may be one of the reasons north eastern states cancer incidence is much above of rest of India especially in gastric cancer. In India, not only tobacco smoking but tobacco chewing is also highly prevalent. Tobacco is used in various forms like, hukka, snuff, bidis, cigarettes, taibur, meizioletc[3,4,5,6]
A study from Mizoram, a North-eastern state of India, reported that tobacco use in any form (chewing, smoking and drinking) was observed to increase the risk of gastric cancer.
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