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Hu Angang recommends that China lead other nations in effort to control tobacco

05/31/2011, (Xinhua News Agency), 21 media hits —  On the eve of World No Tobacco Day, Hu Angang, director of the Research Center for Contemporary China, Tsinghua University, said the tobacco sector is biggest health-hazard industry in China and has become the target of public censure because of its supporting role in China’s economic restructuring project. Hu said the government absolutely cannot allow the industry to grow any bigger or stronger. Hu Angang said China is home to 300 million smokers; 740 million people in China are exposed to secondhand smoke. China is the world’s largest producer and consumer of tobacco. It is also the biggest victim of tobacco use. China should start out by ensuring the people’s right to good health, and then do more to fulfill its pledge to the FCTC, ultimately becoming the nation leading the tobacco control effort.

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