300 mil­lion smoke; re­lated dis­eases kill 1.37 M

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

More than 300 mil­lion peo­ple smoke in China, the world’s top pro­ducer and user of to­bacco, about 740 mil­lion are ex­posed to sec­ond-hand smoke and about 1.37 mil­lion peo­ple die of smoking-re­lated dis­eases ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Health and Fam­ily Plan­ning Com­mis­sion (NHFPC).

Twenty-eight per­cent of the pop­u­la­tion over the age of 15 are smok­ers said Yao Hong­wen, a se­nior of­fi­cial with the com­mis­sion. Another 100,000 die of dis­eases caused by sec­ond-hand smoke.

To tackle the threat of nico­tine on pub­lic health, the coun­try will study and take re­lated step, such as in­creas­ing the tax on to­bacco and prices of to­bacco prod­ucts, Yao said.

The coun­try’s to­bacco tax rate is at about 40 per­cent, low com­pared to the world av­er­age. (Photo 5)

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