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Can China Kick the Habit?

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Prior to the mid-1980s, the availability of cigarettes in China was limited to government-owned brands and a black market of international cigarettes. Today, due to aggressive efforts by American trade negotiators, restrictions have been eased for the marketing of brands distributed by American tobacco companies. Smoking has become a common habit in China, mainly due to the successful marketing of cigarettes as an icon of western culture.

The Cancer Institute in Beijing has embarked on a nationwide investigation of lifestyles and cancer rates among the Chinese. The research indicates that the major diseases of the past are gone and that new ones now exist. Because chronic diseases such as cancer take many years to become evident, it is taking researchers a long time to see the connection between smoking and lung cancer.

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Can China Kick the Habit?

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