Smoker in Nanjing, China. Photo by Flickr user J. Unrau. When the NewsHour's global health team visited China last year for stories on tobacco, obesity and other health issues, they found a smoker's paradise and an anti-tobacco advocate's nightmare.

My flight from Seattle had just touched down at Reagan Washington National airport late Sunday night when I clicked on my BlackBerry. It immediately began buzzing with an alarming stream of emails and tweets. An hour later, the president…

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