Best age to stop smoking is before the age of 40 years New Delhi, May 27, 2016: Cigarette smoking is a known preventable cause of mortality. It kills more than 1 million people in India every year. More than 50% of regular smokers invariably succumb to tobacco-related illnesses such as heart attack, cancer or asthmatic lungs disease. 31st May is "NO Tobacco Day" & the Indian Medical Association and Heart Care Foundation of India will be conducting daily health awareness activities for both doctors as well as the public about the dangers of smoking tobacco and related products including e-cigarettes and hookahs", said Padma Shri Awardee Dr K K Aggarwal, Honorary Secretary General, IMA & President HCFI. Quitting smoking before the age of 40 years is associated with a substantial decline in the number of premature deaths as opposed to quitting when older. However, giving up tobacco consumption after the age of 50 is associated with a reduced risk of death as compared to those who continue to smoke. Cigarette smoking is responsible for more than 10% of all cardiac deaths in our country and it is imperative that stronger legislations and laws are put in place and National level awareness campaigns conducted to reduce the number of tobacco users in India.