One third of young men in China are going to die of tobacco. Why don’t you quit smoking?

On October 10, 2015, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Oxford University and Peking University jointly studied and published a national cohort study on smoking.

After learning of this, the editor of Clove Garden specially invited media officials from the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) to give us an in-depth analysis of the current situation of tobacco control in China.

A few days ago, the internationally renowned medical journal Lancet published a paper, which was a very generous study involving researchers from Peking University, Oxford University, the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and other academic research institutions, covering 500,000 people and spanning 25 years.

The conclusion is simply:

If effective control measures are not taken, one third of young Chinese men will die of tobacco-related diseases!

The term “young men” in this Lancet article refers to men born after 1970.

In a country, about one third of the young and middle-aged male labor force is going to die of one thing. Oh, my God! That’s horrible! We have to do something right now, what! Smokers should stub out cigarette butts on the spot and correct their mistakes! The wife should earnestly persuade her husband to give up smoking! The government has to hold a meeting overnight to discuss countermeasures!

However, it did not.

Smokers tell you [why]

First of all, of course, because tobacco is addictive, it is not easy for smokers to quit smoking.

A search for smoking cessation experiences reveals that many of these people are struggling with withdrawal symptoms, insomnia, oral ulcers, depression, etc.

A few days ago, I met a professor from Renmin University of China in a training session. He said he was very irritable when he quit smoking, In the middle of the class for graduate students, he had to ask them all to leave the office. He swept all the books on his desk to the ground and picked them up after a while when he was calm before he could call the students back to continue the class. This is a senior intellectual who usually looks courteous and polite.

Although nicotine addiction is not as powerful as heroin, it is still very powerful for vulnerable human beings. Therefore, the international tobacco control community has always regarded tobacco addiction as a “chronic disease” rather than a “bad habit”.

In addition, in fact, everyone has long been prepared for the fact that tobacco will kill people. Many smokers even begin to hate that you mentioned the harm of tobacco to him.