One in three young men in China 'will die from smoking'
One in three of all the young men in China is likely to die from smoking.
A study published in 'The Lancet' shows that two-thirds of the young men in China start to smoke, mostly before age 20, and that half of those will eventually be killed by tobacco unless they stop permanently.
The research, involving two studies 15 years apart and including hundreds of thousands of people, says the number of tobacco deaths, mostly among men, reached one million by 2010 and will hit two million by 2030 if current trends continue.
But researchers say the trends could be stemmed if the smokers quit. "The key to avoid this huge wave of deaths is cessation, and if you are a young man, don't start," said co-author Richard Peto, from the University of Oxford.
Smoking rates have dropped significantly among men in developed countries.
In the United States, about 20pc of adult men smoke and 15pc of women do, and cigarette smoking causes about one of every five deaths.