China’s Young Men at Epicentre

Aggressive public health action is needed to persuade Chinese men to scrap their cigarettes; otherwise, smoking is set to kill 1 in 3 Chinese men by 2030—double the 2010 toll.

China, the world's largest grower, manufacturer, and consumer of tobacco, already accounts for 1 million tobacco deaths annually, according to a new study. Myths about tobacco use—including the belief that Asians have protective biological mechanisms that make smoking less hazardous, and that it is easy to quit smoking—hamper health education efforts.

To prevent millions of future deaths, the study’s authors emphasize the need to get Chinese men to quit smoking, keep Chinese women from picking up the habit, and greater efforts to control exposure to secondhand smoke.

The Lancet

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