One in three young Chinese men will die from smoking


A new study has warned that a third of all men currently under the age of 20 in China will eventually die prematurely if they do not give up smoking.

The research, published in The Lancet medical journal, says two-thirds of men in China now start to smoke before 20.

Around half of those men will die from the habit, it concludes.

The scientists conducted two nationwide studies, 15 years apart, covering hundreds of thousands of people.

If current trends continue, the annual number of tobacco deaths in China, mostly among men, will reach two million by 2030, the research said calling it a "growing epidemic of premature death".