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Shaping Policies | Improving Health
July 20, 2012 Everyone knows that China has a huge problem with smoking, and I would guess that many of my readers already know, from first-hand experience, that the health care profession and hospitals are not immune. Nevertheless, it’s always interesting to see some numbers. Although 40 percent of male health workers smoked in 2010, the figure represented a decrease from previous years. Around 56 percent of male health care workers were smokers in 1984, 60 percent in 1996 and 57 percent in 2002. China is the largest tobacco producer and consumer in the world. In 2011, China had 300 million smokers and 1 million people died of diseases linked to the habit, according to a report issued by Ministry of Health on May 30.
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