A new survey by Jiaotong University’s public health school has revealed that over 13 percent of children aged 12 to 18 in Shanghai have tried cigarettes, and almost 4 percent are regular smokers, the Shanghai Daily reports.
The study, which surveyed 40,000 students from 2010 to 2012, also found that there was a rising number of girls smoking.
We already know that Chinese men love, love to smoke, but the number of women who smoke has always remained low, only one in 50 are regular smokers.
So there are two ways to take this news, as a distressing sign that smoking – and the numerous health problems associated with it – is on the rise among Chinese teens and women, or as a win for gender equality.
Hooray for equality!
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