One third of Chinese to die from smoking
Published: October 10, 2015 2:33 pm
10 October 2015, Nirapad News: Research published in the medical journal The Lancet says one in three of all the young men in China are likely to die from tobacco, but that the number can fall if the men quit smoking.
The studies, conducted by researchers from Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and the Chinese Centre for Disease Control, show that two-thirds of the young men in China start to smoke, mostly before age 20, and that half of those would eventually be killed by tobacco unless they stop permanently.
The research, involving two studies 15 years apart and including hundreds of thousands of people, says the number of tobacco deaths, mostly among men, reached 1 million by 2010 and would hit 2 million by 2030, if current trends continue, Telegraph.co.uk reported.?
Chinese men rest in the shade of trees near anti-smoking banners displayed in Beijing Chinese men rest in the shade of trees near anti-smoking banners displayed in Beijing Photo: Ng Han Guan/AP
But researchers say the trends could be stemmed if the smokers kick the habit.
“The key to avoid this huge wave of deaths is cessation, and if you are a young man, don’t start,” said co-author Richard Peto, from the University of Oxford.