A new and alarming study has resurfaced in China, placing smoking habits among the most effective killer in its lifelong history. We can even say that this can be construed as a lucky stroke from Lucky Strike. A new study shows that one in three men in China will be killed by tobacco.
Unless a significant number of people quit smoking, we are looking at a death toll of one million by 2010, and if the numbers of smokers continue to rise, it will be around 2 million by the end of 2020.
This in-depth study, published in the prestigious Lancet medical journal reveals that approximately two-thirds of the young manhood population start to smoke even before they turn 20. Even more shocking is the fact that more than half of them will eventually die if they don’t quit this habit.
As stated in the medical journal, this study took place over a period of 15 years. Its goal was to ascertain and determine the consequences of smoking on the young adult population. The first series of investigations were conducted in the early ’90s and it involved approximately 250,000 men. The second study is still active and it involves 500,000 men and women.
The most dramatic aspects of this story are still emerging. Researchers state that the death toll among male adults ranging from 40 to 79 years have increased to about 20 percents in the last decade. This rate is even higher among the male and female population of highly urbanized areas (around 25 percent).
As we know, the direct consequence of first-hand smoking is lung cancer, which is fatal in about 80 percent of the cases. Smoking also causes heart and brain strokes, decreased lung capacity and high blood pressure.
Authorities are trying to counteract the effects of smoking by issuing hikes on cigarettes. In this attempt to decrease the number to deaths among the young population, China follows the example set in Western countries. Studies show that we are seeing a significant decrease in tobacco deaths over the last 20 years in direct correlation with the increased price per cigarette pack.
After reviewing the study, professor Liming Li, from the Medical Academy in Beijing says that if young people don’t choose to renounce this habit the toll of premature death will be enormous.
So, by spiking the price of cigarettes China hopes to further reduce the number of smokers and, thus, saving millions of lives in the years to come.
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