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The World in Medicine
January 13, 1999

Tobacco Toll in China

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JAMA. 1999;281(2):123. doi:10.1001/jama.281.2.123-JWM80010-2-1

One third of China's male population currently under the age of 30 will die of tobacco-related diseases later in life if current smoking patterns there continue.

The finding, from researchers at Oxford University in England, the Chinese Academies of Preventive Medicine and of Medical Sciences in Beijing, and Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, is based on a population study that included 1.25 million Chinese people. The researchers reported that of deaths caused by tobacco in China, 45% are from chronic lung disease, 15% are from lung cancer, and esophageal cancer, stomach cancer, liver cancer, stroke, ischemic heart disease, and tuberculosis each account for 5% to 8%. The study appeared in the November 21, 1998, BMJ.