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740 mln people affected by second-hand smoke


11-29-2014 06:30 BJT

Passive smoking constitutes a serious public health risk to both children and adults. It is also a major source of indoor air pollution. 

"Inhaling the smoke, albeit passively can lead to a number of respiratory diseases and also affect cardiovascular conditions," says Zhi Xiuyi, from Cancer Foundation of China.

According to the latest report by Chinese Association on Tobacco Control, China now has over 300 million smokers, with over 740 million affected by second-hand smoke. More than 1.3 million die of smoking-related diseases every year. That's a number higher than the death toll caused by AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria combined.

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