Adolescent smoking rate 34%
Beijing, Nov. 21 (reporter Zhang Ni), “in 2018, the smoking rate of 15-24-year-old people in China has increased to 18.6%, among which the smoking rate of male teenagers has reached 34%.” Wang Chen, President of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, revealed such a set of data in Beijing Monday.
On the 21st, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences held the kick-off meeting and the first press conference of China’s medical health press conference in Beijing. With the theme of “let science alert to the harm of smoking”, the conference interpreted the latest scientific research evidence and publicized the knowledge of smoking control.
Wang Chen revealed a set of data at the meeting: a number published in the lancet breathing at the end of last year showed that the smoking rate of 15-24-year-olds in China rose from 8.3% to 12.5% from 2003-2013.
In addition, according to the survey released in 2018, the smoking rate of 15-24-year-old people in China has increased to 18.6% in 2018, among which the smoking rate of male teenagers has reached 34%.
“As a professional, as a doctor, this is our biggest concern.” Wang Chen said.
He Jie, director of the National Cancer Center and President of the Cancer Hospital of the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, said that in 2015, there were about 730000 lung cancer cases and 600000 deaths in China, 42.7% of which were attributed to smoking.
He also stressed that lung cancer caused by smoking has caused serious economic losses, estimated to be as high as $5249 million. If by age, the related economic loss of 60-64 age group is higher, by gender, male is higher than female, by urban and rural, urban is higher than rural, by region, Eastern is higher than western.
“According to the annual report released by the National Cancer Center, the number of cancer cases and deaths in China is on the rise. At present, cancer has become the leading cause of death for Chinese residents, and about 25% of cancer deaths are related to smoking.” Hertz said.
In the view of experts, the issue of tobacco control is imminent for the Chinese people.
Wang Chen stressed at the meeting that there are four groups of people who should be the key targets of quitting smoking, namely leading cadres, medical personnel, teachers and parents.
According to Wang Chen’s analysis, medical staff should be aware of the harm of smoking, so they should show their professional qualities; teachers’ exemplary role in children is huge; government officials are model groups for the society, and they should let advanced behaviors be reflected in themselves and demonstrated in the society; family leaders are the most effective and most relevant groups to control teenagers’ smoking.
“If a parent smokes, taking the example to deprive your child of one point of health factors, the pathogenic factors will increase by one point. Do you dare to smoke? As a parent, quit smoking for the sake of your son, daughter, grandchild and granddaughter. ” Wang Chen said. (end)