Male bidi smokers are most likely to die or develop cardiovascular diseases, said a study based on South Asian countries. The study, aimed at assessing the association between bidi smoking, health problems and death, was published in The Lancet Global Health.
The study found that bidi smoking was more popular in India than in Bangladesh or Pakistan. The symptoms included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma attacks, and pneumonia, which were worse than those smoking substance other than bidis.
The study comprising 14,919 men from 158 communities was done in seven centres, including India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh, and was coordinated by the Population Health Research Institute in Canada from 2003-2013.