A recent study concluded that one in three young Chinese smokers are likely going to die due to their habit of consuming tobacco in high amounts.
The research was published in the journal The Lancet this week. It suggests that the number of deaths due to tobacco could decline if these men quit smoking.
The study was conducted by experts from the Oxford University and the Chinese Center for Disease Control. The report says that about two out of three chinese young men start smoking before the age of 20. The paper warns that about half of them would eventually die by tobacco unless they stop smoking.
For the research, the team in charge with the study gathered data from hundreds of thousands of Chinese people. After carefully looking over the smoking habits and health issues of the participants, researchers found that in 2010 were 1 million tobacco deaths. The team made some estimations and found that by the year of 2030 around 2 million Chinese young smokers would die of tobacco if the current smoking trend continues.
However, researchers suggest that the number could be dramatically decline if smokers quit permanently. Richard Peto, professor at the University of Oxford, and co-author of the study, recommends young men to steer clear from smoking, because the only way to avoid these massive death toll is by avoiding the habit.
Currently, smoking rates dropped dramatically in developed countries, such as in the United States and in Western Europe. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in the United States, only 17% of the adult population are smokers, while cigarette smoking is the leading cause of death in the country, provoking one of every deaths.
In China the number of smokers has been on the rise ever since the late 1980s, ever since cigarettes became more available to the public. The report shows that when men start to smoke at younger ages, the rate of deaths attributed to tobacco smoking also increase.
According to the World Health Organization, cigarettes may kill nearly half of their smokers. While the habit kills about 5 million people each year.
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