Saturday, 11 June 2011

Bill Gates in China push against secondhand smoke

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is visiting China to raise awareness of the dangers of secondhand smoke.
Gates appeared at a news conference in Beijing on Saturday alongside Chinese Internet executive Robin Li and Vice Health Minister Huang Jiefu to encourage nonsmokers to stand up for their right to a smoke-free environment.
According to government statistics, smoking is linked to the deaths of at least 1 million people in China every year, making it one of the greatest health threats the country faces. Nearly 30 percent of adults in China smoke - about 300 million people, a number roughly equal to the entire U.S. population.
The risks of secondhand smoke include increased asthma attacks, ear and respiratory infections, and cancer.

Source : The Seattletimes

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