30,000 Chinese women die from tobacco-related diseases a year

15:47, May 18, 2010      

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The World Health Organization launched the 23rd annual "World No Tobacco Day "on May 31 this year. The theme this year was "Gender and tobacco with an emphasis on marketing to women."

Presently, women and youth smoking rates are on the rise. The World Health Organization investigated female smoking and health issues in 151 countries, and results showed that about 7 percent of female youth smoke cigarettes, while 12 percent of male youth smoke. However, about 30,000 women die from tobacco-related diseases a year in China.

Participants agreed that women play an important role in maintaining family. The WHO said Women are the first line of defense for creating a smoke-free community. For the harmony and health of the families as well as cutting the use of tobacco nationwide, it is important to promote the tobacco-control among female tobacco users and reduce the use of tobacco in the home.

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