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Peter Boyle, Nigel Gray, Jack Henningfield, John Seffrin, and Witold Zatonski

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199566655

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.001.0001

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Tobacco—the growing epidemic *

Tobacco—the growing epidemic *

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(p.257) Chapter 13 Tobacco—the growing epidemic*
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Tobacco
Author(s):

Peto Richard

Chen Zheng-Ming

Jillian Boreham

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199566655.003.0013

This chapter discusses the tobacco epidemic in China. China, with 20% of the world's population, produces and consumes about 30% of the world's cigarettes. The first nationwide study of the effects of smoking in any developing country now shows that China already suffers almost a million deaths a year from tobacco. This is more than in any other country, and the hazards are expected to increase substantially over the next few decades as a delayed effect of the recent rise in cigarette use.

Keywords:   China, tobacco use, cigarette smoking, tobacco addiction

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