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China smoking problem worsening

BEIJING, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Health experts, noting a worsening smoking problem in China, Thursday raised their estimates of tobacco-related deaths to 3.5 million annually by 2030.

The new estimate was sharply higher than the previous estimate of 3 million deaths by 2050, pointing to the spreading smoking epidemic.

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The estimate was released by China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The report was issued to review China's tobacco control situation in the past five years, Xinhua said.

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