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.


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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