China is facing a public health crisis with over 350 million smokers, representing nearly one-third of all smokers in the world. The World Health Organization estimates that one million smokers in China die from tobacco-related illnesses each year, and this number is expected to rise to 2.2 million deaths by 2020.

Despite these grim facts, more than three-fourths of Chinese smokers have no plans to quit smoking. Furthermore, less than one-third of smokers are aware of the harmful effects smoking has on their health, according to new research based on the International Tobacco Control (ICT) China Survey.

There is a need for smoking cessation support, anti-tobacco laws, higher cigarette taxes and awareness of the health risks of smoking.

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Source:
1.Feng G, Jiang Y, Li Q, et al. Individual-level factors associated with intentions to quit smoking among adult smokers in six cities of China: findings from the ITC China Survey. Tobacco Control 2010; 19: i6-i11. (0pen access)
2.Jiang Y, Elton-Marshall T, Fong GT, Li Q. Quitting smoking in China: findings from the ITC China Survey. Tobacco Control 2010; 19: i12-i17. (open access)
3.Yang J, Hammond D, Driezen P, et al. Health knowledge and perception of risks among Chinese smokers and non-smokers: findings from the Wave 1 ITC China Survey. Tobacco Control 2010; 19: i18-i23. (open access)

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