Tobacco

Tobacco use is the world's single biggest cause of preventable death and disease. 1 Up to half of all smokers will die from tobacco-related illnesses such as cancer or lung and heart disease.

China is the largest producer and consumer of tobacco in the world. There are more than 300 million smokers in China, nearly one-third of the world's total. About one in every three cigarettes smoked in the world is smoked in China.2 In addition, in a typical week, 70% of adults are exposed to second-hand smoke or "passive smoking" in China.


1. Margaret Chan, Address to Singapore Tobacco conference.
2. Tobacco Atlas, p.29 – China consumed 38% of the world's cigarettes in 2009.

WHO work in China

China-WHO Country Cooperation Strategy 2016-2020

WHO China Office-New space for health

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