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Smoking could kill one in three young men in China
A study published recently in The Lancet found that one in three of all the young men in China would eventually be killed by tobacco, unless a substantial proportion of smokers quit smoking.

The study was conducted by Oxford University, UK, The Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and The Chinese Centre for Disease Control. It followed up about 750,000 respondents from two nation-wide studies and compared the health status of smokers and non-smokers.

The study found that two-thirds of young men in China smoke. Unless they quit smoking, around half of them would be died from smoking hazards prematurely.The result also showed that the annual number of death attributed to tobacco, which mostly among male, had reached 1 million by 2010. If current trends continue, it would be doubled to 2 million by 2030.

Researchers advised smokers to kick the habit immediately and suggested that China government should strengthen smoke-free policies as soon as possible, such as a nation-wide ban on smoking in public places, comprehensive ban on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, pictorial warnings on tobacco packs, higher tobacco tax and provision of smoking cessation services to smokers. World Health Organization also urged China to take immediate action on tobacco control, in order to avoid needless deaths caused by tobacco.

Source: The Lancet and World Health Organization
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