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In China tobacco-linked deaths may peak in 2025-30: official

BEIJING, July 13 (APP): Tobacco-linked deaths have been on the rise over the past decade in China and are expected to reach a peak between 2025 and 2030, a time when China will overtake Japan as the world’s most aged society, said a tobacco control official here. Each year, smoking related sickness kills over one million people in China, where nearly 30 percent of adults, or more than 300 million,smoke.Another 740 million people are exposed to second-hand smoke annually, state media reported.

Three-quarters of Chinese are not fully aware of the harm caused by smoking, while two-thirds do not know about the dangers of second-hand smoke, according to a report released by the Ministry of Health earlier this year.
The rising medical costs linked to tobacco-related sickness and deaths, along with the aging of the Chinese population, may cripple the country’s social security system in just two decades, warned LiangXiaofeng, deputy director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.
The combination of the two will strain the country’s social security system, Liang, who is also director of the center’s tobacco control office, said at a forum in Beijing Thursday.
Healthcare and other smoking-related costs exceeded the tobacco industry’s economic gains by 61.8 billion yuan (9.8 billion U.S. dollars) in 2010, according to research by Hu Angang, director of the Research Center for Contemporary China at Tsinghua University.
Tobacco use is one of the leading preventable causes of death in the world.
It kills nearly six million people worldwide each year, including more than 600,000 who die from exposure to second-hand smoke.
The Ministry of Health report warned that more than three million Chinese will die of smoking-related illnesses annually by 2050 if no measures are taken.

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