Daily Management Review

The Most Heavy Smokers Live in China


10/12/2015


Chinese men smoke a third of the cigarettes sold in the world. A third of young Chinese people will die from the consequences of this bad habit. British and Chinese scientists came to such conclusions, their study has been published in the medical journal The Lancet.



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They found that about two-thirds of men in China smoke. Most of them got addicted to cigarettes in adolescence. However, the number of women smokers in China has fallen sharply.
It is expected that by 2050, up to three million Chinese will annually be dying from diseases associated with the habit.

Scientists have linked the increase in the number of smokers to the economic success of the country. Previously, the Chinese had started smoking at age 25, plus they could not have afforded cigarettes and preferred smoking pipes.

The fight against smoking in China is complicated by the political situation. The government has a monopoly on the market, the sale of tobacco brings to 7% of the total revenues of the state.
Also Chinese people widely believe that Asians are not as susceptible to diseases caused by smoking and can easily give up this habit.

In 2014, China launched a full-scale anti-smoking campaign, under the patronage of the First Lady of China Peng Liyuan. Smoking tobacco is prohibited in public places and in state institutions, and is punishable by heavy fines.

China hosts more than 300 million smokers, and, as observers note, anti-smoking campaign is a serious blow to the market monopolist China Tobacco, which accounts for 43% of global cigarette production. Before February 2015, one of the key positions in the corporation was held by the younger brother of the country's current prime minister Li Keqiang - Li Keming. Eventually, he was forced to leave the company, moving to one of the state administration for regulation of public assets.

China is a huge dope market, with tobacco, alcohol, tea companies fighting over the place under sun on a par with their illegal "colleagues" from the drug mafia. Against the background of the obvious success of the struggle for a healthy lifestyle and reduce the number of smokers, China is being covered by a wave of methamphetamine - a cheap synthetic drug which is produced mainly in southern China. Among other changes in the lifestyle of the Chinese people can be noted tremendous growth of consumption of coffee and red wine, not traditional for China.

 






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