Lies, lies and damn fags: Indian women journalists light up more often than ordinary Indian women.
That’s the finding of a month-long study (authored by a male doctor) spanning 1,500 mediapersons in 15 print, television and advertising companies on the occasion of World No-Tobacco Day.
While the national average of Indian women smoking is 1.5 per cent—meaning, out of every 100 women, between one and two women like to take a drag—the average among women journalists is between 5 per cent and 35 per cent, if your poison is The Hindustan Times.
Or has shot up from 5 per cent to 35 per cent if you believe The Indian Express. The comparable figures for men are not known.
While women smoking has often been interpreted as an affirmation of their identity as a free and equal person and attributed to peer pressure, Singh reports that women journalists smoke excessively to “curb their hunger pangs”.
Verily, “You’ve come a long way, babies“.
Photograph: Indian prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru helps a British envoy’s wife light up in a picture shot by India’s first woman photojournalist Homai Vyarawala
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