New Report Warns of China's Smoking Crisis

Posted on January 7, 2011

A new report by Chinese and foreign experts says China must take radical measures to restrict smoking in order to avoid a national health disaster. China has more than 300 million smokers and consumers more than one third of the world's tobacco. The government is making anti-smoking films, but experts say controls need to be put in place or the health consequences will be devastating to the country. Beijing will ban smoking in all public places by 2015, but diners regularly ignore no smoking signs in restaurants. In 2005 1.5 million people died from smoking-related illnesses. That number is expected to explode if something isn't done. The WSJ reports:

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