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May 6, 1998

The Emerging Tobacco Epidemic in China

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(17):1346-1348. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-17-jbk0506

To the Editor.—In the article on the tobacco epidemic in China by Dr Chen and colleagues,1 the finding that among middle-aged Shanghai men one fifth of all deaths during the 1980s were due to smoking is alarming. Shanghai is the most cosmopolitan city in China; all new fashions and trends have their start in Shanghai. Will this serve as a warning of what may come for the rest of China in the next millennium?

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