The writer is country director, India, and global director for research, World Lung Foundation, US.
A growing body of research reveals it also increases the risk of heart disease and strokes, impairs cognitive function and leads to as many as seven million premature deaths around the globe, every year.
Reducing preventable disease should be a developmental priority. Government needs to invest in a healthier future.
Her suffering will not go in vain. Solutions to tobacco are within reach.