The Shanghai International Lung Cancer Forum reports that 4.8 percent of Shanghai women are smokers, an increase from 2011 when just 3.7 percent of women in the city smoked.
Shanghai Daily attributes the daily stress of work, a “desire for thrills and excitement” and influence from social circles as reasons for more women taking up smoking.
The Shanghai Disease Control and Prevention Center says that smokers are ten times more likely to develop cancer than those who don’t smoke, and cigarette consumption has proven to be the leading cause of lung cancer in China.
The disease is now the third-most deadly strain of cancer among women and the most prevalent type of cancer among men.
Also disturbing is a report released by Jiaotong University’s public health school last year, revealing that 13 percent of children aged 12 to 18 in Shanghai have tried smoking cigarettes, and some four percent of them are regular smokers.
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