Just read a BBC article with some scarey scarey stats on smoking in China:

  • 36% of the population smoke
  • That’s 350 Million people
  • Collectively they consumed 1,798 BILLION cigarettes in 2003 and
  • Subsequently they suffer 1.2 Million smoking related deaths each year.

Between that and the birth rate going through the floor thanks to the gender imbalance (see, told you one child policy was a dumb idea) it’s a wonder there are any of them left.